PHOENIX - Sentencing has been delayed for a man who had been linked as a suspect in one of the city's two serial killer investigations.
Jeff Hausner, 40, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday in the stabbing of a homeless man. But his attorney, Candice Shoemaker, requested Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Andrew Klein to delay the sentencing. She wants to present Klein with evidence in an attempt to get a lighter sentence for Hausner.
Klein granted the request Friday, and set a time to consider the evidence for May 11. Klein could decide to sentence Hausner then or schedule a new sentencing date.
Hausner's case has received intense media attention because he is close to two men charged in a 14-month shooting spree that wounded at least 17 people and left seven others dead, according to police.
His brother, Dale, is charged with seven counts of murder in the so-called Serial Shooter case. Jeff Hausner's former roommate, Samuel Dieteman, is charged with two of the killings.
Police initially said the April 14, 2006 stabbing was linked to the same string of attacks, but prosecutors have since decided that Jeff Hausner was acting alone.
In a plea deal last month, Hausner pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, and prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge. He faces a maximum prison sentence of nearly nine years.