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Jury weighs death penalty for serial killer

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Andre Crawford, 47, was found guilty of killing 11 women in 1990s
  • DNA evidence linked him to seven slayings and to sole survivor, newspaper reports
  • Circuit judge will approve or deny jury's recommendation
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(CNN) -- A jury in Chicago on Friday was deciding whether to recommend the death penalty for a serial killer convicted in the 1990s murders of 11 women, according to Cook County Circuit Court documents.

Andre Crawford, 47, was found guilty Thursday after a monthlong trial.

He was also convicted of an attempted murder and several sexual assaults related to the attacks on the city's South Side.

Crawford, who lived in Chicago, was arrested in 2000.

DNA evidence linked him to seven of the slayings and to the sole survivor, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Circuit Judge Evelyn Clay, who issued a gag order in the case, will approve or deny the jury's recommendation on the death sentence.

One of the nation's most prolific serial killers was John Wayne Gacy, who lived in the Chicago area. He was convicted in 1980 of killing 33 young men and boys. He buried most of their bodies in the crawl space under his home.