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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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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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May 1, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Chester Dewayne Turner was convicted Monday of murdering 11 people in a decade-long killing rampage, joining the annals of Los Angeles crime as one of the city's most prolific serial murderers. A former pizza deliveryman and crack cocaine dealer, Turner, 40, was convicted of raping and strangling 10 South Los Angeles women and killing a 6 1/2 -month old fetus, who a physician testified was viable at the time of his mother's murder. Turner's killings began in 1987 and stretched to 1998.
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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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May 11, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
With one last gruesome slideshow, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday that Los Angeles' worst killer has been proved to be "cruel, evil and depraved" and should be put to death for murdering 10 women. Chester Turner, 40, was convicted of the killings by the same jury that began deliberating on whether he will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole or will be executed. The victims were mostly street prostitutes, all were addicted to cocaine and one was pregnant.
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May 11, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
With one last gruesome slideshow, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday that Los Angeles' worst killer has been proved to be "cruel, evil and depraved" and should be put to death for murdering 10 women. Chester Turner, 40, was convicted of the killings by the same jury that began deliberating on whether he will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole or will be executed. The victims were mostly street prostitutes, all were addicted to cocaine and one was pregnant.
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May 1, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Chester Dewayne Turner was convicted Monday of murdering 11 people in a decade-long killing rampage, joining the annals of Los Angeles crime as one of the city's most prolific serial murderers. A former pizza deliveryman and crack cocaine dealer, Turner, 40, was convicted of raping and strangling 10 South Los Angeles women and killing a 6 1/2 -month old fetus, who a physician testified was viable at the time of his mother's murder. Turner's killings began in 1987 and stretched to 1998.
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April 19, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
A 53-year-old woman testified Wednesday that in 2002, accused serial killer Chester Turner grabbed her by the neck, dragged her behind a trash bin in a dimly lighted parking lot and raped her for nearly two hours. Maria Martinez was homeless at the time of the attack in the skid row area of Los Angeles. Turner pleaded no contest to rape and sexual penetration by a foreign object that year.
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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 19, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
A 53-year-old woman testified Wednesday that in 2002, accused serial killer Chester Turner grabbed her by the neck, dragged her behind a trash bin in a dimly lighted parking lot and raped her for nearly two hours. Maria Martinez was homeless at the time of the attack in the skid row area of Los Angeles. Turner pleaded no contest to rape and sexual penetration by a foreign object that year.
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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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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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