Jury Recommends Death for LA Man Who Killed 10 Women, Fetus

By: Robert Jablon AP
By: Robert Jablon AP

A jury recommended Tuesday that Chester Turner be put to death for the murders of 10 Los Angeles women and one victim's unborn fetus between 1987 and 1998.

Turner, 40, was found guilty of the serial killings last month by the jury of six men and six women.

They also found him guilty of the special circumstances of multiple murder and murder committed during rape.

Turner, 40, was already serving an eight-year prison sentence for the 2002 rape of a woman on Skid Row. His DNA in that case linked him to the serial killings.

During the penalty phase, jurors had only two choices: death or life in prison without parole.

Eight of the killings occurred close to where Turner lived in South Los Angeles, in neighborhoods ravaged by a crack cocaine epidemic and rife with prostitution. Most of his victims were "troubled souls" who sought solace "with the high of cocaine, but fought for their lives in their final moments," prosecutors said.

One victim was found slumped over a portable toilet, another in front of a crack house.

Two victims were killed downtown.

Victim Andrea Tripplett, 29, was 5½ months pregnant when she was
strangled in April 1993. Turner was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of the fetus.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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