Gruesome Autopsy Reports Detailed as ‘Grim Sleeper’ Trial Continues

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Lonnie Franklin Jr. appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for opening statements in his trial on Feb. 16, 2016. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County’s chief medical examiner detailed gruesome wounds suffered by women believed to be among the first victims of the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, as testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of a former police garage attendant accused of the slayings.

Coroner Mark Fajardo described to jurors in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom the autopsy report of Debra Jackson, a 29-year-old waitress who was discovered in 1985 shot in the chest in an alley, and Henrietta Wright, who was found a year later with two gunshot wounds.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. faces 10 counts of murder in the killings of nine women and a 15-year-old girl spanning more than 20 years. He also faces one count of attempted murder.

Franklin, 63, has pleaded not guilty.

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