Trial to begin for man charged in series of rapes, slayings in 1990s

The final jurors were picked Friday in the trial of a man charged with raping and killing 11 women during the 1990s in the Englewood and New City neighborhoods.

Andre Crawford, 47, is also on trial for the attempted murder and rape of a 12th woman. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

On Friday, the final three jurors along with six alternates were picked in the courtroom of Cook County Circuit Judge Evelyn Clay at the Criminal Courts Building. Clay has scheduled opening statements for 10 a.m. Tuesday and said she expects the trial to last several weeks.

The case that began as Chicago police hunted for an Englewood-area serial killer made headlines in the late 1990s but quickly disappeared from the media after Crawford's arrest in January 2000.

Little has been written about the case since then, and few, if any, of the prospective jurors seemed to recognize his name as the charges against him were read in court earlier last week.

With scores of pretrial motions and a dozen victims, the case has inched through the justice system over 10 years. Crawford has been awaiting trial longer than any other inmate in Cook County Jail

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