Lonnie Franklin Jr. Trial Delayed

on June 2, 2011 in Serial Killers by

Los Angeles Judge Hilleri Merritt has delayed the initial pretrial hearing for Lonnie Franklin Jr. until August 1st. The actual trial is not expected to begin until sometime next year. Franklin pled not guilty last August.

Reports are the deputy district attorney told vicitms’ families:

It’s not something we’re comfortable with, but everyone gets due process.

The request came from pro bono defense attorney Louisa Pensanti:

We’re not ready for trial until we complete our investigation, which entails 22,000 pages of discovery. The District Attorney actually handed over more discovery, and indicated there’s more discovery coming.

About the reaction of the audience in the courtroom, she said:

If they want a trial, they need to realize that our system provides for a fair trial. If they want to just build the gallows and do what they want to do, then go to a different country, because that’s not the way we work in the United States of America.

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