SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court docket on Monday upheld the demise sentence for a person convicted of raping and strangling 10 ladies in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, the courtroom reversed his conviction for the demise of 1 sufferer’s fetus.
Chester Dewayne Turner, a 54-year-old one-time pizza deliveryman, was convicted in 2007 of first-degree homicide for killing the ladies over the course of greater than a decade within the Eighties and Nineties. Most victims have been weak ladies who have been homeless, drug customers or prostitutes, prosecutors stated.
Turner additionally was convicted of second-degree homicide within the demise of the feminine fetus of a girl who was about 6 1/2 months pregnant.
Throughout an automated enchantment, the state Supreme Court docket agreed with protection attorneys who argued that rumour proof concerning the capacity of the kid to outlive outdoors the womb undermined the second-degree homicide conviction.
Nevertheless, the courtroom dominated that error did not require throwing out the demise sentence for Turner, who is taken into account one of many metropolis’s most prolific serial killers.
The courtroom additionally stated different points raised by the protection, together with some technical arguments about DNA matches between Turner and crime proof, did not require reversing Turner’s convictions or sentences for killing the ladies.
Turner was convicted of 4 extra killings in 2014 and sentenced to demise. That case is on enchantment.
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