Baseline Killer Mark Goudeau Guilty on All Murder Counts; Faces Death Penalty. Sentencing Hearing Scheduled For Wednesday
|Baseline Killer Mark Goudeau faces the death penalty after getting convicted of nine counts of murder.|
Goudeau faced 72 felony counts stemming from a year-long crime spree that terrorized Phoenicians from 2005 to 2006.
Of the 72 counts, Goudeau was convicted of all but five -- he was acquitted of three charges of armed robbery or attempted robbery, and one count of kidnapping. On one count of sexual abuse, the jury was hung.
Goudeau's murderous crime spree began in August 2005 and continued until June 2006.
He was arrested in September 2006 after DNA evidence linked him to an attack on two sisters in south Phoenix in 2005. For that attack, Goudeau was found guilty of 19 felonies and sentenced to 438 years in prison.
Of the nine people Goudeau murdered, eight were women.
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says it is satisfied with the verdicts.
From County Attorney Bill Montgomery:
"A terrible scourge on our community has now been held accountable for his crimes. I appreciate the diligent work of this jury and the time they have devoted to hear the case and arrive at a verdict. My office will review whether or not it is necessary to retry the one count on which the jury was unable to come to a verdict. It is now the charge of the criminal justice system to see that the sentences for death are carried out as expeditiously as possible. I am especially proud of Phoenix Police Department as well as the paralegals, support staff and of course the prosecutors of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office who worked on this case. The people of Maricopa County have been well served by their dedication in the pursuit of justice."
As Montgomery points out, Goudeau now faces the death penalty. The sentencing phase of the trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday.