Baseline Killer Trial UPDATE: Prosecutor Calls Mark Goudeau "Ravenous Wolf"

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Mark Goudeau began a trial for his life yesterday, with a county prosecutor telling jurors that an overriding need to rape drove the defendant to commit a rash of sexual assaults, robberies, and nine murders during a rampage that ended with his September 2006 arrest.
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Mark Goudeau: "He took what he wanted, when he wanted"
Speaking without notes, Deputy County
Attorney Suzanne Cohen methodically and clearly took jurors back to the year of terror in which Goudeau allegedly ran rampant on the streets of Phoenix and in other parts of the Valley.
 
"You shall know him by his deeds," Cohen said, pointing directly at Goudeau, who sat stoically at the defense table in a dark suit.
 
Cohen claimed that the evidence will show a link to Goudeau in each of the 16 separate crime scenes.
 
"One gun, one murderer," she said, referring to shell casings and bullets found at several scenes and inside some of the victims that police say came from the same weapon. (The gun never was found.)

  
Cohen said Goudeau's DNA turned up on five of the victims, key evidence that certainly will be debated during a trial expected to last several months.
 
Perhaps even more compelling than even the genetic material is what Cohen described as "blood evidence" from two of Goudeau's alleged murder victims that police found on one of his sneakers during a search of his Phoenix home.
 
Equally as inculpatory was a distinctive ring belonging to murder victim Tina Washington that police found hidden in another one of Goudeau's shoes during another search of his home.
 
The presence of that ring, a Mother's Day present from Washington's sons, is going to be difficult for defense lawyers to explain away except to suggest that police themselves planted it.
 
Judge Warren Granville's courtroom, which lacks the seating befitting such a high-profile case, was packed mostly with the family members of the many victims. Audio from the trial also was pumped into another courtroom, which also was filled to capacity.
 
Also speaking without notes, defense attorney Randall Craig said with passion that the serial murder spree "had nothing to do with Mark Goudeau."
 
Craig blasted the state's DNA evidence, saying "there are real questions to be asked about how this stuff was interpreted."   
 
Craig concentrated on what the police didn't find rather than what they did.

For example, he said, "There is not a single piece of evidence found at [one of the crime] scene(s) that corroborates the DNA -- which the defense will contest."
 
Craig suggested that other unspecified parties were the actual killer or killers, and that "overwhelmed and tired" police "made mistakes that compromised the integrity of the investigation. The result was that they apprehended the wrong guy." 
 
Focal point: Mark Goudeau is now serving 438 years in prison (a long time) for the 2005 sexual assaults of two south Phoenix sisters.
 
The jurors won't know about that conviction unless Mr. Goudeau chooses to take the stand in own defense, which is an unlikely possibility.


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ANGEL
ANGEL

AND btw, 'goudeau is innocent'....he is hardly and innocent person. He was in prison for years before this for almost killing his girlfriend over 13 years ago and *surprise* lying about that too. Not guilty of THIS particular crime is a possibility, but he isn't INNOCENT. If nothing else, he is a creep and a woman beater (from his past crime). And at most, he is a serial rapist and killer. Innocent is NOT the word for him.

ANGEL
ANGEL

I went to high school and lived in the same neighborhood as Mark. He never seemed to be like this when we were in high school. Many summer days spent watching him and other friends playing pasketball at the park. Who knew!?  WOW :(

Oddtopsy
Oddtopsy

Look at that hairline! His head could be used as portable sander for those hard to reach cabinets.

Booshwah Rock Star
Booshwah Rock Star

 thats why the shaved bald head look is a nigger style hair cut invented by niggers not white guys like Kojak or Yule Brenner. niggers came up with that hairless bald style so they didnt have to live life with pubic hair growing out of their heads. and they could play a better faster game of basketball.

Carlpari
Carlpari

What an insult to wolves!

The Misanthropic Recluse
The Misanthropic Recluse

He is your typical Nigga Rapo who smokes crack gets horny then rapes females.

Goudeau is innocent
Goudeau is innocent

You must enjoy embarrassing yourself with your anal-moronic little comments."Nigga Rapo" ? That's real cute. You make that up on your own. Like most other cluless human garbage of Phx., you speak from the hole below your nose, but think from behind the hole in your ass.If you had the intellect and experiences that I have then you might conclude as I have.Goudeau is getting fucked over for a year long tweeker crime wave the PPD could never solve by any other means.DNA proves nothing... that crap can be reproduced in a lab. 438 years for a rape ? What happened to "Life without parole" ?Doesn't sound as theatrical, does it ?Must be tough to schlough your way through life being as dull witted as you are.My condolences to your parents.Steve Tracy

The Misanthropic Recluse
The Misanthropic Recluse

 maybe he is really a ravenous wolf in sheep's clothing? most criminals are. whats new? thats no big secret.

Roro
Roro

Prosecutors like to call defendants unflattering names and "Wolf" is a little more socially acceptable than "Doody-head."

Mistalee
Mistalee

There are no well-documented cases of wolves killing humans, so I think that the comment was needlessly demeaning to wolves. 

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