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April 3, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Cliff Shepard gestured to where Andrea Tripplett's body was found among the weeds in a vacant lot at 7812 S. Figueroa St. It was 1992, and the epidemic of crack was raging. Another woman, also a prostitute, was found nearby, murdered in a Porta-Potty, a green cord knotted around her neck. Three other partially clad women were found near the intersection of Figueroa and 98th streets in 1992 -- one in a motel, two more on the grounds of Charles W. Barrett Elementary School, Shepard recalled.
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February 2, 2011 | By Jack Leonard and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Chester Dewayne Turner, one of Los Angeles' most prolific serial killers who prowled the streets of South L.A. in the 1980s and '90s, was charged Tuesday with four additional murders linked to him through DNA. The charges were filed after a DNA test recently connected Turner to the 1997 slaying of Cynthia Annette Johnson, whose killing had been considered cleared by the LAPD after the arrest and unsuccessful prosecution of another suspect....
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February 2, 2011 | By Jack Leonard and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Chester Dewayne Turner, one of Los Angeles' most prolific serial killers who prowled the streets of South L.A. in the 1980s and '90s, was charged Tuesday with four additional murders linked to him through DNA. The charges were filed after a DNA test recently connected Turner to the 1997 slaying of Cynthia Annette Johnson, whose killing had been considered cleared by the LAPD after the arrest and unsuccessful prosecution of another suspect....
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July 11, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Chester Turner, the most prolific serial killer in the history of Los Angeles, was sentenced to death Tuesday for the murders of 10 women, most of them prostitutes. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William Pounders said Turner's guilt was established "beyond all doubt." "I don't think any jury would arrive at a different conclusion," Pounders told Turner, 40, who had repeatedly proclaimed his innocence.
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April 18, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
An analyst testified Tuesday that bodily fluids recovered from the bodies of 10 murdered women matched accused serial killer Chester Dewayne Turner's DNA. Turner, 40, is charged with strangling 10 women, one of them pregnant, in the 1980s and 1990s. Their partially naked bodies were mostly left in vacant buildings, alleys and stairwells in South L.A.'s Figueroa Street corridor. Turner has denied killing anyone. If convicted, he could face a possible death penalty.
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July 11, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Chester Turner, the most prolific serial killer in the history of Los Angeles, was sentenced to death Tuesday for the murders of 10 women, most of them prostitutes. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William Pounders said Turner's guilt was established "beyond all doubt." "I don't think any jury would arrive at a different conclusion," Pounders told Turner, 40, who had repeatedly proclaimed his innocence.
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November 16, 2005 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Suspected serial killer Chester D. Turner pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he murdered 10 Los Angeles women and a victim's fetus during an 11-year rampage that began in 1987. Turner, 39, a convicted rapist whom authorities have termed Los Angeles' most prolific serial killer, entered the plea after prosecutors added an extra murder charge for the death of the fetus of Regina Washington, who was killed in September 1989.
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October 26, 2004
Det. Cliff Shepard represents the Los Angeles Police Department at its best. Thanks to his refusal to give up on an unsolved case, prosecutors this week are expected to charge Chester Dewayne Turner -- already in prison for a 2002 rape -- in 10 killings. All the victims were women who were raped and then strangled, their bodies dumped along a 30-block stretch of Figueroa Street in South Los Angeles between 1987 and 1998.
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April 4, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Displaying gruesome photographs of strangled women with bloated faces, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that he would prove Chester Dewayne Turner was one of Los Angeles' most prolific serial killers. "These are the victims of a killer," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Grace, gesturing at the photos. "Today we can say the name of that killer: Chester Turner."
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October 29, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
An attorney for suspected serial killer Chester Dewayne Turner said Thursday that his client intends to fight charges that he murdered 10 women over more than a decade. "We plan to plead not guilty and vigorously defend the case," said John Tyre, appointed by a judge to represent Turner. Tyre's comments came after a brief hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, where Turner made his first appearance in the case.
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April 18, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
An analyst testified Tuesday that bodily fluids recovered from the bodies of 10 murdered women matched accused serial killer Chester Dewayne Turner's DNA. Turner, 40, is charged with strangling 10 women, one of them pregnant, in the 1980s and 1990s. Their partially naked bodies were mostly left in vacant buildings, alleys and stairwells in South L.A.'s Figueroa Street corridor. Turner has denied killing anyone. If convicted, he could face a possible death penalty.
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April 3, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Cliff Shepard gestured to where Andrea Tripplett's body was found among the weeds in a vacant lot at 7812 S. Figueroa St. It was 1992, and the epidemic of crack was raging. Another woman, also a prostitute, was found nearby, murdered in a Porta-Potty, a green cord knotted around her neck. Three other partially clad women were found near the intersection of Figueroa and 98th streets in 1992 -- one in a motel, two more on the grounds of Charles W. Barrett Elementary School, Shepard recalled.
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November 16, 2005 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Suspected serial killer Chester D. Turner pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he murdered 10 Los Angeles women and a victim's fetus during an 11-year rampage that began in 1987. Turner, 39, a convicted rapist whom authorities have termed Los Angeles' most prolific serial killer, entered the plea after prosecutors added an extra murder charge for the death of the fetus of Regina Washington, who was killed in September 1989.
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April 5, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
In a halting, pained account, a man told jurors Wednesday about his last conversation with a loving but troubled aunt hours before she became the third victim of one of Los Angeles' worst serial killers. "She was upbeat, happy," Jason Sulzbach said of Anita Fishman, who was killed in 1989. Sulzbach was 10 years old. He described his aunt as hooked on drugs, part of the crack cocaine epidemic that swept the nation in the late 1980s.
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October 27, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County prosecutors Tuesday charged suspected serial killer Chester Dewayne Turner, a 37-year-old former pizza deliveryman, with murdering 10 women over more than a decade. The charges include the special circumstances of murder during rape and multiple murder, which could make Turner eligible for the death penalty. Dist. Atty.
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