Hubert was arrested in the summer of 1995 and charged with killing six prostitutes and drug addicts in Chicago's South Side. The string of murders began in December 1994 and continued through mid-June 1995, when Geralds was arrested after his sister turned him in. The sister had found one victim's decomposed body in a trash can near her home. He confessed to the killings, but claimed they were the results of disputes over drugs.
On November 13,1997 -- the day of his 33rd birthday -- Geralds was convicted of first-degree murder by a Chicago jury after 12 hours of deliberation. Prosecutors said Hubert was "an ugly, violent force" and defense lawyers said he had a mental age of 8. His lawyers argued that Geralds, who nodded off through much of the two-week trial, had a low IQ and suffered a childhood of savage abuse at the hands of his mother's boyfriend. But Dr. Albert Stipes, a psychiatrist for the prosecution, testified that Geralds was a "malingerer" who has faked mental illness and "played dumb" to avoid punishment.