Fresh from the Thanksgiving holiday, the jury in the Mark Goudeau serial killing case returns to work this morning, scheduled to hear closing arguments in the "penalty phase" of the high-profile case.
After the arguments in the courtroom of Judge Warren Granville, the 12-person panel will deliberate Goudeau's fate on the nine murders it already has convicted him of committing.
|Mark Goudeau--aka the Baseline Killer|
The jurors' choices are simple: Death, or life without possibility of parole.
The 47-year-old already is serving a life sentence (actually 438 years) for the 2005 sexual assaults of two south Phoenix sisters.
The jury's decision, however, will not spell the end of the case: Judge Granville next month will sentence Goudeau for the other 58 felony convictions that the panel rendered, including sexual assaults, armed robberies, and kidnappings.
Goudeau's violent crime spree--one of Arizona's most infamous--and how it ended is explained in some detail in this recent story