November 27, 2020

Arizona man who murdered nine sentenced to death

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PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona jury on Wednesday sentenced a man to death for killing nine people during a spree that terrorized the Phoenix area, rejecting the man’s pleas for mercy and denials of guilt and agreeing with prosecutors that the killings were especially cruel.

Jurors reached the verdict about a month after they found 47-year-old Mark Goudeau (goo-DOH’) guilty of the nine murders and 58 other charges, including kidnapping and rape. They sentenced him to death on each of the nine murder counts.

“He’s a demon from hell,” said Maria Nunez, whose 37-year-old daughter Sofia Nunez was killed by Goudeau on April 10, 2006. Sofia Nunez’s 8-year-old son is the one who found her body, partially naked in a bathtub with a gunshot to the head.

“It’s a relief that it’s over,” Maria Nunez said, but added that it didn’t bring her much comfort. “It’s not going to bring Sofia back.”

Goudeau was accused of attacking his victims as they went about daily activities, such as leaving work or washing their car. He left most of them with their pants unzipped and partially pulled down.

Police named the series of killings and other crimes after Baseline Road in south Phoenix where many of the earliest attacks happened.

 

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