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New sexual harassment complaint filed against Juan Martinez

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Posted at 7:27 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 19:06:27-04

PHOENIX — Embattled Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Juan Martinez will no longer prosecute a high-profile serial killer case.

Martinez was the lead prosecutor for the Serial Street Shooter case. Jessi Wade, who had been assisting in the case, has now become the lead prosecutor. A spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office confirmed the change Thursday.

Serial Street Shooter defendant, Aaron Saucedo, is accused of killing his mother's boyfriend, Raul Romero, in 2015, and later randomly killing eight more people in a series of shootings in 2016.

The string of murders terrified the community, especially the Maryvale neighborhood. He is scheduled to go to trial in 2021.

Martinez, who is best known for the Jodi Arias case, has been accused of prosecutorial misconduct and is under an ethics investigation.

On Friday, ABC15 confirmed that a new complaint has been filed against Martinez for claims of sexual harassment. The county prosecutor's investigative unit confirmed the complaint had been filed within the last thirty days.

A spokeswoman for the county attorney's office said they cannot comment further due to personnel practices.

Last month, Martinez was reassigned from the bureau that handles murder cases to the bureau that handles auto theft.

The Edward McCauley murder trial, which began this week, is slated to be Martinez's last homicide case.