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Opening statements set in long-awaited 'Grim Sleeper' trial


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- More than 30 years since the bodies of young women started turning up in alleyways and garbage bins in south Los Angeles, attorneys are set to give opening statements in the long-awaited "Grim Sleeper" trial.

Opening statements are set for Tuesday in Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s murder trial. The 63-year-old has pleaded not guilty to killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007. The trial is expected to last up to four months.

Franklin's attorney, Seymour Amster, says there's more to the case than people want to believe but declined to go into detail.

The "Grim Sleeper" is one of the most notorious serial killer cases in Los Angeles history. The nickname was coined because of an apparent 14-year gap in the murders between 1988 and 2002.

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