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Most Evil Pizza Man in LA Sentenced To Death
Last month an LA jury agreed that Chester Turner should suffer the death penalty. The 40 year-old Turner had been found guilty of killing ten people including one woman who was 6 1/2 months pregnant. Today Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders agreed with the jury.
[Turner] was convicted April 30 of 10 counts of first-degree murder, plus one count of second-degree murder for the death of one victim's fetus. That victim, Regina Washington, 27, was 6 1/2 months pregnant when Turner strangled her with an electrical cord behind a vacant house in September 1989. Washington's sister, Elgedine Rudolph, was among eight victims' relatives attending Tuesday's hearing who conveyed the anger and sorrow they've shared. Although Turner looked at each of the speakers, Rudolph said she could not even turn toward him and said she misses Washington deeply. - AP
There were no witnesses to any of the killings, but a security camera recorded Vance's murder, and the footage was played for jurors. Turner also is suspected but has not been charged with four other killings. David Allen Jones, a mentally disabled janitor, was convicted of three of them but was freed after DNA evidence cleared him, prosecutors said. Jones, 44, was released in 2004 after 11 years in prison and was awarded $720,000 in compensation.