Vincent Imhoff Opines: “Grim Sleeper Killer Defense Facing Uphill Battle”

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 case]."

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.

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