PHOENIX - The so-called Baseline Killer has been found guilty on nine murder charges in a Phoenix courtroom Monday.
After being found guilty of the first 12 counts involving sexual assault and kidnapping, Mark Goudeau was found guilty in the murder of Georgia Thompson, a stripper who lived in Tempe.
The former construction worker pleaded not guilty to nine killings in the Phoenix area and dozens of other crimes in 2005 and 2006.
Goudeau faced 72 charges, including murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, and armed robbery. He was found guilty of 67 of those charges, according to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
He is currently serving a 438-year prison sentence in a sexual assault case connected to the Baseline Killer crimes but prosecutors pursued the nine murder charges in a separate trial to get him the death sentence.
“I remain absolute of Mark’s innocence,” said Goudeau’s wife Wendy Carr. “This continues to be a huge miscarriage of justice.”
Goudeau’s defense attorney Randall Craig said, “Obviously he's just as disappointed as we are.”
Craig called it a monumental case. “Lot of preparation, lot of effort, a lot of time went into this kind of thing.”
Craig also said this has been tough on the victims.
‘It’s a relief,” said Alvin Hogue. “I’m glad it’s over.” Hogue’s wife was found dead inside a lunch catering truck in west Phoenix in 2006.
“I'm not going to publicly make any comments about whether or not Mark Goudeau should be executed or not.”
The killings started in August 2005 and ended with the death of Carmen Miranda of Phoenix in what police described as a "blitz attack" on the mother of two on June 29, 2006. Miranda was vacuuming her car and talking on her cellphone at a car wash when a man kidnapped her, shot her in the head and shoved her body in the back seat.
The other eight people who were killed also were attacked at random. For example, Tina Washington, a 39-year-old preschool teacher, had been waiting at a bus stop after a Christmas party when she was killed. She was found shot to death in an alley on Dec. 12, 2005.
Goudeau also had been imprisoned for 13 years after being convicted of beating a woman's head against a barbell. The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency paroled him eight years early in 2004.
After the jury entered the courtroom, the judge thanked them for their service and looked through the 72 counts, page by page.
As the court clerk read the 72 verdicts, Goudeau took turns looking on or down at his hands.
After the verdicts were read, the jury was dismissed from the courtroom. They had deliberated for seven days.
They will return Wednesday for the penalty phase of the trial.
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