Closing Arguments Detail Brutal Killings in ‘Grim Sleeper’ Murder Trial

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An attorney for the man accused of murdering 10 people in the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer trial accused prosecutors Tuesday of building a deceptive case against his client and argued that a relative or close associate could have carried out the slayings.

Defense attorney Seymour Amster asked jurors during his closing argument to question the prosecution's case against Lonnie David Franklin Jr. and suggested that a nephew or someone who calls him "uncle" could have been responsible. He said that DNA found at some of the crime scenes belonging to other people was enough to raise reasonable doubt about his client's guilt.

"Are you going to ask the questions, the inquires, to make sure that what you are being provided is not an illusion and not deception?" Amster asked jurors. "For it is your inquiring minds that you’re here to utilize. If you don’t have enough, you cannot convict."

Deputy Dist. Atty. Beth Silverman blasted the defense argument that a relative or associate of Franklin's might be responsible, saying Franklin's lawyers would have raised the theory before the last day of trial had there been any evidence to support it.

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