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UPDATED: 09:01, May 16, 2007
Los Angeles jury recommends death for convicted serial killer
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A jury recommended the death penalty Tuesday for a man prosecutors call one of Los Angeles' most prolific serial killers, who was found guilty last month for killing at least 10 women in a period of 11 years.

Chester Turner, a 40-year-old Arkansas native who worked briefly as a pizza deliveryman in Los Angeles, was convicted of 10 counts of first-degree murder, along with one count of second- degree murder of a fetus.

The bodies of Turner's victims were found between 1987 and 1998 in various locations close to where he was living at the time. Two of the victims were pregnant.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury also found true the special circumstance allegations that Turner committed multiple murders and murder during rape.

The jurors recommend the death penalty after deliberating for about two and a half days. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for July 10.

Turner lived within 30 blocks of each of the killings, with the body of one of his victims discovered just 50 yards from his residence, according to prosecutors.

He was linked to the strangulations through DNA test results after being arrested and convicted of raping a woman in 2002.

Prosecutors said most of Turner's victims were "troubled souls" who sought solace "with the high of cocaine, but fought for their lives in their final moments."

Source: Xinhua

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