PHOENIX - The wife of a man convicted of being Arizona’s Baseline Killer sat down with ABC15 Tuesday as her husband’s sentence for nine counts of murder looms.
Mark Goudeau, 47, was found guilty of the murders and 58 other charges on October 31. He is already is serving a 438-year sentence for a 2005 rape connected to the Baseline Killer crimes.
Wendy Carr is waiting to find out if her husband will spend the rest of his life behind bars or die on death row.
“I see Mark on TV and I can't believe it, and I see him in court and it's just unbelievable,” said Carr while grasping her wedding ring.
She described her 20-year marriage to Goudeau as normal.
“Well the Mark I see today is the same Mark in those pictures,” said Carr.
Since his arrest in 2006, Carr has fought for Goudeau.
“He's the Baseline Killer scapegoat. He is the person that was just black enough to be arrested, he's too old he's too big,” she said. “I see an innocent person who was served up on a silver platter."
He now spends most of his time in isolation.
“Mark has not changed through all these five years and this nightmare he's still the same strong person I’ve known for 20 years and he won't go to general population, but if he did he would be just fine.”
He calls his wife daily and just into our interview her phone rang.
They talked for 10 minutes, discussing the case and normal things. She said they talk about what she had to eat that day and if she's sleeping well.
"He also wants me to be careful," she said. "He's afraid something is going to happen and is worried about my safety."
Now known as the most prolific serial killer in Arizona history, Goudeau waits for a jury to decide life or death.
Carr is expecting a death sentence.
“Of course a death sentence is final, but in my mind this is not the end,” she explained. “The truth is still on our side. I see appeals and I see interest nationally on this case.”
She describes a caring, hardworking husband who was framed. She said she feels badly for the victims claiming this is mistaken identity.
“People who think I’m in denial, first of all they don't know me nor do they know Mark,” Carr said. “All they know are the misrepresentation of the facts.”
The jurors will continue deliberations Wednesday morning. Carr hasn't decided, yet, if she will be in the courtroom when the jury's decision is announced.
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