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Posted: Friday, November 17, 2006 5:40 pm | Updated: 3:45 pm, Wed Jun 19, 2013.

A Maricopa County grand jury indicted two serial shooting suspects from Mesa with 35 additional felony counts Friday. The indictment charges Dale S. Hausner with 35 more felonies and adds seven for Samuel J. Dieteman.

Hausner alone is charged with five new counts of firstdegree murder. Other charges against him include cruelty to animals, drive-by shooting and arson.

Prosecutors say Dieteman never acted alone, but always with Hausner. Dieteman is accused of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder as well as drive-by shooting, arson and aggravated assault.

On Aug. 11, a county grand jury indicted Dieteman and Hausner on two counts of firstdegree murder, 14 counts of attempted first-degree murder, 14 counts of aggravated assault and 16 counts of driveby shooting. The victims cited in the original murder indictments were Claudia Gutierrez Cruz and Robin Blasnek.

Police believe the two men cruised Valley streets for 14 months searching for potential targets for their shooting spree.

Prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty for Hausner and Dieteman.

Phoenix police Sgt. Andy Hill said investigators only recently connected the July 7 shooting of a Phoenix man at 2632 W. State Ave. to the serial shooting case. The victim survived being shot with a shotgun outside his home, but still has shot in his body, Hill said.

Hausner has said publicly he had no part in the string of crimes. He placed sole blame on Dieteman, claiming that his “down on his luck” friend used his car and guns. A court document shows Dieteman admitted involvement, but police said both men have made incriminating statements.

County Attorney Andrew Thomas refused to comment Friday on whether Hausner’s brother, Jeffrey, was connected to any of the serial crimes. Jeff Hausner was arrested Nov. 2 on suspicion of stabbing a homeless man in the stomach in west Phoenix on April 14.

Police say Jeff Hausner was with Dieteman when the homeless man was stabbed. Jeff Hausner was booked into the county’s Madison Street Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.

Thomas also would not say whether Dieteman will testify against Dale Hausner during the trial.

The defendants, who were arrested Aug. 3 outside their Mesa apartment, are in a Maricopa County jail while they await trial on the Aug. 11 murder charges.

Hausner’s new felony counts

• First Degree Murder (5 counts) Victims: Tony Mendez, Reginald Remillard, David Estrada, Jose Ortis and Marco Carillo

• Attempted First-Degree Murder (3 counts) Victims: Timmy Tordai, Clarissa Stevens and David Perez.

• Aggravated Assault (2 counts)

• Drive-By Shooting (10 counts)

• Discharge of Firearm at Structure (2 counts)

• Cruelty to Animals (10 counts)

• Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Murder (1 count)

• Arson of Occupied Structure (2 counts)

Dieteman’s new felony counts

• Attempted First-Degree Murder (1 count)

• Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Murder (1 count)

• Drive-By Shooting (2 counts)

• Arson of Occupied Structure (2 counts)

• Aggravated Assault (1 count)

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