The main suspect in the Phoenix area's Serial Shooter case testified Monday that a spent shell casing found in his car must have been placed there by a second man accused in the shootings.
The casing matched casings found at the scenes of several shootings linked to the Serial Shooter investigation. Dale Hausner is being tried on eight counts of murder involving a series of random nighttime shootings in 2005 and 2006. Monday was his fifth day testifying.
Hausner, 34, told prosecutor Vince Imbordino that Sam Dieteman place the casings in his car, even though the two met four months after some of the shootings had occurred.
"How did that get in your back seat?" Imbordino asked Hausner. "Are you telling us that you think someone put it there?"
"Yes sir. Sam Dieteman," Hausner replied.
Dieteman has pleaded guilty in two killings in the case and testified against Hausner last month, saying the two of them had driven around metro Phoenix shooting people from a car. Dieteman could face the death penalty when he is sentenced.
Imbordino meticulously questioned Hausner for hours on Monday about what he was doing at the time of each crime. Most of those days Hausner's planner had entries saying he was spending the night at one of several girlfriends' places.
But Hausner admitted to having no alibi when several shootings linked to the case occurred, including July 3, 2006, when a man was shot while pushing his bicycle on the sidewalk.
"I can say for certain I was not shooting anybody, but no sir, I have no alibi," Hausner told Imbordino.
Imbordino also asked Hausner why he made entries in his planner on days that shootings happened, but left entire weeks blank when no shootings occurred.
"You made entries the week of the 29th of December when all those people were shot, but you didn't make any the week of Dec. 19," Imbordino said. "So what was it about the week of the 26th, the 27th of December 2005 that you thought it was important so you could know where you were?"
Hausner replied, "Before the holidays, I wouldn't have planned a lot of stuff," adding that after the holidays, he would have wanted to know how much time he had spent at a particular girlfriend's house.
Seven shootings occurred on Dec. 29 and 30 in 2005. Two men were killed, a man and a woman were wounded, and three dogs were shot to death.
Some day planner entries made on the days of shootings included Hausner noting that he had sex with a woman twice in one night and writing down an event at the Phoenix Zoo with his daughter and her mother.
Hausner said he didn't make entries on some particular weeks because some things just weren't noteworthy.
Most of the women Hausner said he was with when shootings occurred have yet to testify.
Hausner is expected to wrap up his testimony Tuesday, when he will be answering questions from jurors for the first time.
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Hausner if he's convicted.