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Arraignment delayed in 'Grim Sleeper' case

July 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The arraignment for the man accused of being the "Grim Sleeper" has been delayed.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday for 10 murder charges and one other charge of attempted murder. However, there was a change of public defenders, and the arraignment was continued.

The new date was set for Aug. 23.

The 57-year-old car mechanic from South L.A. was arrested on July 7 after DNA evidence linked him to the murders of 10 black women over a 22-year period.

Franklin's attorney expects his client to enter a not-guilty plea.

Authorities dubbed the suspect the "Grim Sleeper" because he took a 14-year hiatus in his crimes after 1988. The suspect killed again in 2002 and 2003, and he last struck on New Year's Day in 2007.