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Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 1:49 pm | Updated: 3:45 pm, Wed Jun 19, 2013.

The man accused in a shooting spree that left eight people dead repeatedly denied his involvement over two days of testimony.

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Dale Hausner, who is charged with 87 crimes including eight counts of first-degree murder, covered his whereabouts during each of the 38 shootings for which he is accused.

In between subjects, Hausner's attorney, Ken Everett, would ask him if he ever shot anyone from his car, killed any animals, or if he saw co-defendant and confessed killer Sam Dieteman shoot anyone.

"Absolutely not," Hausner would say, or "No sir."

Dieteman testified in detail last month that he and Hausner would drive around Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale late at night and looked for pedestrians or bicyclists to gun down with a shotgun.

Dieteman, who pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and faces the death penalty, said his involvement included 18 shootings from May 2, 2006, until the pair's arrest on Aug. 4, 2006.

Authorities allege the spree lasted 14 months and also involved the shooting of animals.

On Tuesday, Hausner recounted his whereabouts during each shooting, which he reconstructed from his cell-phone records, bank records, day planners and his memory.

Hausner said he was either with a girlfriend, at home sleeping, running errands or caring for his sick child during each of the shootings.

Hausner said he was with a girlfriend during the times of the first nine shootings, which included five animals.

The woman, a principal in the Kyrene Elementary School District, has not testified in court.

The first series of shootings were committed with a .22-caliber firearm and he is charged alone in connection with them.

Co-defendant Samuel Dieteman came into the picture on May 2, 2006, the night Claudia Gutierrez-Cruz, 20, was shot at 61st Place and Thomas Road as she walked home from work in Scottsdale about 10:30 p.m.

Dieteman has pleaded guilty to Gutierrez' death and the July 30, 2006, shooting death of Robin Blasnek of Mesa.

Dieteman testified that shortly before he shot Gutierrez, Hausner shot and wounded Kibili Tambadu near 44th and Van Buren streets.

"Somebody did shoot him, but it was not me," Hausner said.

He said he dropped Dieteman and his brother, Jeff Hausner, off at the brother's apartment around 9 p.m. and went to his Mesa apartment near McKellips Road and Stapley Drive before going to Chandler to drop off a book at the home of the mother of his child.

Hausner's attorney asked him if he handed Dieteman a .410 shotgun before the shooting of Gutierrez and said it was Dieteman's turn.

"I would not do that," Hausner said on the stand.

Hausner said he was at home taking a bath when Blasnek was gunned down on Gilbert Road near Brown Road at 11:17 p.m.

Dieteman testified that Hausner pulled the trigger.

Hausner produced a receipt that showed he went to a grocery store almost an hour before the shooting and bought some frozen items.

He said he returned to his Mesa apartment immediately afterwards with Dieteman and got into the bath.

Hausner's attorney asked him if he knew who killed Blasnek.

"I know who pled guilty to it, but I don't know who did it," he said.

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