Lorenzo Gilyard, (born c.1951), is an American serial killer. A former trash company supervisor, Gilyard is considered to have raped and murdered 13 women and girls in a period spanning 1977 to 1993. He was convicted of 6 counts of murder on 2007-03-16.
Most, if not all of the victims were prostitutes. All were found shoeless and dumped in secluded spots around Kansas City. Most had cloth or paper towels stuffed into their mouths and ligature marks around their necks.
Gilyard had previously served time for child molestation. Probation records show that from 1969 to 1974 he was suspected of five rapes, but was never convicted. Gilyard became a suspect in 1987 in the murder of Sheila Ingold. A crime lab later linked all 13 victims to one killer using DNA testing. A blood sample Gilyard provided in the 1987 investigation led to the murder charges.
Gilyard was tried on 7 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.
Gilyard was convicted in the murders of:
Catherine M. Barry, 34
Naomi Kelly, 23
Ann Barnes, 36
Kellie A. Ford, 20
Sheila Ingold, 36
Carmeline Hibbs, 30.
He was acquitted of the murder of Angela Mayhew, 19, due to insufficient evidence.
Other victims not brought to trial were identified as:
Stacie L. Swofford, 17
Gwendolyn Kizine, 15
Margaret J. Miller, 17
Debbie Blevins, 32
Helga Kruger, 26
Connie Luther, 29.
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