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Ariz. ‘baseline’ serial killer convicted

PHOENIX, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A jury in Phoenix Monday convicted the so-called Baseline Killer, Mark Goudeau, on nine counts of first-degree murder.

Goudeau was found guilty on 67 counts following seven days of deliberation after his five-month trial. He was acquitted on three counts of armed robbery or attempted robbery and one count of kidnapping, while the jury couldn't reach a verdict on one sexual assault count, The Arizona Republic reported.

Goudeau is due in court Wednesday morning, when the jury will be informed of any aggravating factors that would quality the 47-year-old former construction worker for the death penalty. Prosecutors have said they would seek the death penalty in the case.

Authorities said Goudeau carried out a series of attacks from August 2005 to June 2006. The attacker was dubbed the Baseline Killer because the assaults began along Baseline Road in Phoenix.

Goudeau was arrested in September in an attack on two sisters. He was convicted on 19 counts in 2007 and sentenced to 438 years in prison in that case.

The cases for which he was convicted Monday involved 33 victims, including eight women and one man who died. All but two of the victims were female, most were Hispanic and four were children.

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