When asked about the defense’s case in the case of the “Grim
Sleeper,” Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Vincent Imhoff admitted
that they still face an “uphill battle.” “The defense
has done a good job of distancing Franklin from two of the ten victims,”
he said. As for the other eight victims, however, Imhoff concedes, “the
DNA evidence narrows the field of possible killers so significantly that
the other surrounding evidence could fill in the gaps [in the prosecution's
Lonnie Franklin Jr., called the “Grim Sleeper,” is currently
being tried for ten counts of murder. He is accused of the murders of
nine women and one fifteen-year-old girl over a span of three decades.
He was arrested in 2010 and is now pleading not guilty to charges. The
prosecution is seeking the death penalty.
Imhoff contends that the DA has a strong case, noting that the single surviving
victim has identified Franklin as her attacker.