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Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2006 9:18 pm | Updated: 2:09 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The attorney for the man charged in a rape connected to the Baseline Killer crimes said Thursday he believes authorities are having problems with the case.

"The evidence will show my client didn't do this," defense attorney Corwin Townsend said at a hearing Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

He represents Phoenix resident Mark Goudeau, who was arrested Sept. 7 after police linked him by DNA to a Sept. 20, 2005, assault on two sisters. The crime is one of 23 rapes, robberies and murders that police have attributed to the Baseline Killer, but they have not said whether they believe Goudeau is the serial killer.

At the hearing, Townsend said that usually by this point in a case, the state has provided all of its evidence to the defense.

However, a prosecutor said all the DNA tests from the sex assaults are done, but the state is doing a technical review.

Bill Clayton, deputy attorney for Maricopa County, said the test results would be in the defense's hands in the next few weeks.

"I believe they are trying to connect him not only to other cases, but to this one," Townsend said.

The extra time the state is taking makes Townsend believe the DNA evidence is not conclusive and the trial will come down to experts calculating the probability of the evidence belonging to his client.

Police have arrested and questioned some of Goudeau's brothers and taken their DNA as part of the investigation. Townsend called the actions a witch hunt.

Goudeau is being held in jail on a $1-million bond.

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