Lorenzo Jerome Gilyard, Jr. (born May 24, 1950) is an American serial killer. A former trash company supervisor, Gilyard is alleged to have raped and murdered 13 women and girls from 1977 to 1993. In this explosive interview with Piers Morgan, Gilyard consistently denies any involvement with the murders.
Ultimately Gilyard was tried on seven first-degree murder charges. The prosecution focused mainly on DNA evidence that criminal forensics experts shows he had sex with the victims around the time they were killed.
"All the victims have several things in common: all were found dead during the same one and a half year period, all were left in secluded or obstructed locations, all were strangled, all showed signs that they were involved in a struggle, all were missing their shoes and all but one showed distinct signs of sexual intercourse," Prosecution Attorney Jim Kanatzar said in opening statements to the court.
Gilyard was sentenced to life in prison without parole.