CALIFORNIA (USA): JURY DECIDES DEATH FOR CONVICTED SERIAL KILLER CHESTER DEWAYNE TURNER
June 26, 2014: A Los Angeles County jury sentenced Chester Dewayne Turner, 47, Black, to death.
A prosecutor described Turner as the city's most prolific serial killer.
The verdict marks the 2nd time that a Los Angeles jury has decided Turner should be put to death. In 2007, Turner was sentenced to death in the killings of 10 women. Turner was 1 of at least 5 serial killers who prowled South L.A. in the 1980s and '90s.
Most of his victims were attacked along the Figueroa Corridor, an area then notorious for prostitution, drug crime and violence. Most were raped and strangled.
In the latest case, jurors found him guilty last week of 1st-degree murder in the killings of Elandra Bunn, 33, who was slain in 1987; Mary Edwards, 42, who was killed in 1992; Deborah Williams, 28, who was murdered in 1992; and Cynthia Annette Johnson, 30, who was killed in 1997.
Police initially suspected others in 3 of the killings. David Allen Jones spent 11 years behind bars in the killings of Edwards and Williams until 2004, when DNA tests exonerated him and implicated Turner. Another man was charged in connection with Johnson's death, but the case was dropped on the day of trial. (Source: Los Angeles Times, 26/06/2014)