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DNA evidence has linked a prison inmate to the killings of a dozen women in Los Angeles, including three slayings for which another man was wrongly convicted.

Chester D. Turner, 37, is serving an eight-year sentence for rape, but is expected to be charged with 10 of the murders this week, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Police said Turner could be linked to the slayings of 12 women who were killed between 1987 and 1998, most within a 30-block area known for drugs, violence and prostitution.

Authorities used a DNA sample from the 2002 rape case to test Turner's genetic profile against evidence in unsolved cases and started getting matches every month.

Before police identified Turner as a suspect, a mentally disabled janitor was wrongly convicted of three of the killings. David A. Jones, 44, was released in March after spending nearly nine years in prison.

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