Over the defense’s objection, a judge Friday granted a two-month postponement in the trial of the man charged in the “Grim Sleeper” killings of nine women and a teenage girl.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. Photo via LAPD
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy said she found “good cause” to delay Lonnie Franklin Jr.’s trial from Oct. 14 to Dec. 15.

The judge’s ruling came during a contentious hearing relating to what she called a “fairly critical” issue of third-party culpability — which involves whether others could be responsible for the killings with which Franklin is charged — and whether that could be brought up in his upcoming trial.

Attorneys are expected to return to court next month for a hearing on the issue.

“Mr. Amster, you’re looking into my eyes and lying,” the judge told the defense attorney at one point.

Defense attorney Seymour Amster responded, “I do not like being called a liar.”

Shortly before her ruling to delay the trial, Amster said: “We are not waiving time. We are going forward.”

The judge said she wants both sides to be “fully prepared” so both sides get a fair trial.

“I’m going to find good cause over the defense’s objection,” Kennedy said.

Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman — who has accused the defense of “trial by ambush” — suggested that the judge postpone the trial rather than not having a hearing on potential evidence that could be the subject of a later appeal.

Amster told reporters outside court that the defense would be asking California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal to issue a writ reversing the judge’s decision to postpone the oft-delayed trial, which has already been delayed numerous times.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against the 63-year-old one-time city employee, who is 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 also charged 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.

— City News Service

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