California killer given additional death sentence

Chester D. Turner listens as his attorney John Tyre, left, gestures during opening statements in Turner's murder trial Tuesday, April 3, 2007, in Los Angeles.

AP Photo/Nick Ut

LOS ANGELES - One of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday.

Chester D. Turner, who was already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced for four more murders.

"It is the order of this court that you should suffer the death penalty," Superior Court Judge Robert Perry said.

The slayings during the crack-cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s were once thought to be the work of one man dubbed the "Southside Slayer."

The 47-year-old Turner is one of three men now blamed for the murders of women who typically were raped and strangled. Many were prostitutes.

The former pizza delivery man was convicted in June of the additional slayings between 1987 and 1997.

Another man imprisoned 11 years for three of those killings was freed after DNA evidence pointed to Turner.