Los Angeles County Superior Court. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Superior Court. Photo by John Schreiber.

A judge Friday granted a two-month postponement of the trial of the man charged in the “Grim Sleeper” killings of nine women and a teenage girl.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy agreed to reschedule Lonnie David Franklin Jr.‘s June 30 trial date to Sept. 9 after one of his attorneys, Seymour Amster, asked her to consider resetting the trial after Labor Day.

“We’re still haggling over the release and splitting and testing of some items (of evidence),” the judge said. “Realistically, I don’t think this case is going to be ready on June 30th …”

She noted that she felt “very badly” for family members of the alleged victims, who made emotional pleas to speed up the trial at a hearing in February, but said she was “trying to do the best I can to protect the rights of both sides.”

The prosecution objected to the delay in Franklin’s trial.

“It’s not the people’s fault that the defense waited until now to test these items. They’ve had five years, your honor,” Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman told the judge.

Amster said the defense had made a “really good effort” to prepare for the June trial date, and said that the September date “is a really firm date for trial.”

Franklin — who has remained jailed without bail since his July 2010 arrest — agreed to the delay in his trial when questioned by the judge.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against the 62-year-old one- time city employee, who’s charged with the murders of nine women — who were mostly in their 20s — and a 15-year-old girl whose bodies were dumped in alleys and trash bins in and around South Los Angeles, Inglewood and unincorporated county areas. He is additionally charged with with the attempted murder of another woman.

The killings occurred between 1985 and 1988, and 2002 and 2007, with the assailant dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” because of the apparent 13-year break between killing sprees.

Detectives have said since his arrest that they were also investigating whether he might be connected to the disappearances or deaths of eight other women whose photos were found in his home near 81st Street and Harvard Boulevard.

—Staff and wire reports

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