A lawyer has agreed to represent for free, a man who faces 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, and who has been labeled by Los Angeles police the suspected serial killer dubbed the ‘Grim Sleeper,’ according to the Grio.com.

Attorney Louisa Pensati represented Lonnie Franklin Jr. when he appeared in court on August 9. Pensati claimed she has never represented a client who faces the death penalty, but said she has experience in handling multiple murder cases. A federal judge told her the case could go on for several years, but she adamantly said she will continue to represent the accused killer.

According to the Associated Press, Los Angeles Police arrested Franklin in July.

Authorities say the attacks Franklin is accused of occurred between 1985 and 2007 in which Black females were said to be the targets, although one victim was male. The sobriquet “Grim Sleeper” was applied because the killer took a 14-year break from his crimes, from 1988 to 2002.

Franklin was discovered when his son was arrested and swabbed for DNA. Through a technique known as a familial DNA search, Franklin’s son’s sample came back as being similar to those found in the serial killings.

“The Grim Sleeper” case had been open since the ‘80s with the only leads being the DNA found at the scenes and a description by the sole survivor of the attacks. Throughout the decade, the investigation cooled, but detectives built a special unit after his attack in 2007, in which he killed 25-year-old Janice Peters and placed her in a trashcan.

The victims were usually shot, strangled, or both, usually after a sexual assault. Ten of the victims were women and many were prostitutes. Authorities believe the male victim who was killed in 1987 was a friend of another victim or may have discovered the killer’s identity.

Franklin appeared in court again on August 11, and is scheduled for arraignment on August 23.