Lonnie Franklin, Jr., at an earlier court proceeding.
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UPDATED 9/23/13: spelling Ms. Rizzo's first name
There was a very quick hearing in Department 109 in downtown Los Angeles today in the Lonnie Franklin, Jr., case, aka the "Grim Sleeper." The prosecutors assigned to this case are Beth Silverman and Marguerite Rizzo. Franklin is being represented by Seymour Amster and Louisa Pensanti.
Silverman had on a stunning, form fitting suit; the jacket had a bit of flair around the hips. I kept going back and forth in my mind how to describe the color. It was a deep plum with raspberry tones. Rizzo was wearing a black suit, white lace top that was accented with a couple strands of large pearls.
Before Judge Kennedy takes the bench, counsel for both sides talk about scheduling then next pretrial hearing and it looks like they are already settling on a tentative date from what those of us in the gallery are overhearing.
At 9:10 AM Franklin is brought out.
Judge Kennedy quickly takes the bench and asks counsel where they are. Discovery is proceeding now without any glitches. The case it put over until October 24th, 2012. Judge Kennedy asks if that is agreeable to the people. It is. Judge Kennedy advises the defendant who waives his right to a speedy trial.
Right after that, Ms. Rizzo speaks up and advises Judge Kennedy about another issue, working out the details of having the defense ballistics expert test/examine evidence. Rizzo states they will ask the court to sign individual "DR numbers" for each case. The prosecution will talk with (defense?) counsel for a time frame to keep things moving.
Judge Kennedy sounds pleased, responding. "That sounds good. (snip) Thanks very much."
And that's it. Judge Kennedy leaves the bench and Franklin is taken back into the jail area. It's over so quickly and most in the gallery are still sitting in their seats, almost like they are dazed at how quick the hearing was. There were at least seven or eight members of the victims families in the gallery that I recognized during the last hearing in July. The group likes to sit beside each other in the second row, and I moved to the back row to give them room so they could all be together.
When Silverman walks out of the courtroom, I look down at her feet to see what type of shoes she wore with that dark suit. Very classy, closed-toe snakeskin pumps.
From Wikipedia, list of Franklin's known victims in chronological order of attack:
Name, Sex, Age, and the date remains were found.
|1||Debra Jackson||F||29||August 10, 1985|
|2||Henrietta Wright||F||34||August 12, 1986|
|3||Thomas Steele ‡||M||36||August 14, 1986|
|4||Barbara Ware||F||23||January 10, 1987|
|5||Bernita Sparks||F||26||April 15, 1987|
|6||Mary Lowe||F||26||November 1, 1987|
|7||Lachrica Jefferson||F||22||January 30, 1988|
|8||Alice Monique Alexander||F||18||September 11, 1988|
|9||Enietra "Margette" Washington‡‡||F||30||Survived|
|10||Princess Berthomieux||F||15||March 19, 2002|
|11||Valeria McCorvey||F||35||July 11, 2003|
|12||Janecia Peters||F||25||January 1, 2007|