Jurors in Los Angeles say a man convicted of killing six prostitutes and dumping their bodies along Highway 60 going east from Los Angeles should die.

The jury deliberated for four days before deciding on the punishment for Ivan Hill, who has been dubbed the “60 Freeway Slayer”. Prosecutors said Hill had a violent past. He was convicted on Nov. 17, 2006 for the 1993 and 1994 deaths of Roxanne Bates, 31, of Montclair; Helen Ruth Hill, 36, of Pomona; Donna L. Goldsmith, 35, of Montclair; Cheryl Sayers, 34, of Ontario; Betty Sue Harris, 37, of Pomona; and Debra Denise Brown, 33, of Los Angeles.

Family and friends testified for Hill. His mother told jurors Hill grew up in an abusive home and received “savage beatings” as well as mental abuse from his father. Bessie Hill said her son never complained during his childhood and pleaded with jurors to spare his life.

“I don’t want to see him die,” she said. “He’s my son.”

Bessie Hill said Ivan received the hardest beatings because he was the oldest of the family’s five children.

“I felt like it was because he was, quote, trying to make a man out of him,” Bessie Hill said.

Hill said the abuse toward her son began as an infant when his father would put a pillow over his head to squelch his cries. When Ivan was a toddler, his father would whip him with a belt or tree branch for minor incidents, such as wetting his pants.

“I would approach him and say, ‘That’s enough,'” Bessie Hill told the jury. “That’s when he would turn on me.”

Jurors during their deliberations weighed Hill’s mother’s testimony as well as aggravating factors, such as his criminal record. Hill was convicted in 1979 of killing a clerk while robbing a liquor store in Glendora. He also has six robbery convictions, and prosecutors say DNA evidence suggests Hill strangled two other women — besides the six he was on trial for — to death. 

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