Two court rulings this month frustrated defense attorneys representing the Valley’s three suspected serial killers.
Accused Baseline Killer Mark Goudeau lost his bid Monday for a new trial. Goudeau was convicted Sept. 7 of 19 charges stemming from the 2005 sexual assault of two sisters.
Corwin Townsend, Goudeau’s attorney, argued last week the jury couldn’t have come to a fair verdict in only three hours. Townsend also objected to the DNA evidence presented — he believed a special hearing could have proved the testing questionable to the scientific community — and took issue with how alternate jurors were selected.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Andrew Klein ruled the court could not question jurors’ deliberations. Townsend’s objections to the DNA evidence should have been raised during the trial, Klein wrote. And he’d supervised jury selection himself.
Goudeau, 43, may face up to 285 years in prison for the rapes. He’s awaiting trial on 74 other criminal charges, including nine counts of murder.
In the cases against serial shooting suspects Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman, a judge ruled that recordings from a telephonic wiretap, a house listening device and a vehicle bug will be allowed into evidence.
Judge Roland Steinle denied a defense motion to exclude the audio recordings on Oct. 12. Kenneth Everett, Hausner’s attorney, had claimed the recordings violated defendants’ constitutional rights against search and seizure. But Steinle ruled the court would not reconsider what another judge had already decided: Investigators had probable cause.
Transcripts released in July revealed that on a single evening, the shooting suspects discussed their death count, compared themselves to another serial killer and spoke of disguises. Prosecutors believe the men killed seven people and wounded at least 17 during a 14-month shooting spree.