Confessed killer Samuel Dieteman today ended his recital of death and pain that he says he and Dale Hausner randomly inflicted upon pedestrians and bicyclists during the summer of 2006.
Dieteman’s testimony is expected to last a few more days with cross-examination, but he spent five hours Wednesday and today providing details of each of the 18 shootings in which he was involved, including two in Mesa.
Dieteman has pleaded guilty to two murders and agreed to testify against Hausner, who is on trial in Maricopa County Superior Court on 87 charges in connection with a 14-month shooting spree that left eight dead and 17 wounded in Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix and the West Valley throughout 2005 and 2006.
Hausner denies any involvement.
Dieteman answered questions today about the shootings of Raul Lopez-Garcia and Robin Blasnek, the last two victims in the spree.
Dieteman said that the pair spotted Blasnek, 22, about 11:30 p.m. on July 30, 2006, walking south on Gilbert Road between Brown and McKellips roads in slippers and pajamas while she spoke on her cell phone.
“When we saw her, Dale got excited,” Dieteman said.
Hausner proclaimed that she would die, Dieteman said.
They drove past her five or six times, making U-turns while waiting for the traffic to clear.
Dieteman said that they typically determined the shooter based on which side of the car the victim was on.
On this night, Dieteman said, it was Hausner, who pulled the trigger of the .410-gauge shotgun they carried with them on their nights out.
Afterward, they drove home to their Mesa apartment a few miles away.
After their arrests on Aug. 3, 2006, police found in their trash a slip of paper with “Robin Blasnek, 7-30-06, 11:20 p.m.” written in red ink.
They also found a discarded receipt with “Robin Blasnek” written on it in their trash.
Dieteman said he saw Hausner jot down Blasnek’s name on the receipt as he watched the first newscast after the shooting.
He said Hausner kept a binder with news clippings about all of the shootings he was involved in. Dieteman also said that they often returned to crime scenes and they religiously watched newscasts after shooting someone.
Their next-to-last shooting was Lopez-Garcia at Stapley Drive and Brown Road in Mesa about 4:30 a.m. on July 22, 2006, as he rode his bicycle.
A few hours earlier, Dieteman had been cited for shoplifting at a Mesa Wal-Mart and released.
Hausner fumed as they talked about the arrest and wanted to let off some steam, Dieteman said.
“He said, ‘Let’s go for a drive. Somebody’s going to pay for this,’ ” Dieteman said.
Dieteman said that he got involved in the shootings on May 2, 2006, the night Kibili Tambadu of Phoenix was wounded near 44th and Van Buren streets, and Dieteman gunned down Claudia Gutierrez-Cruz, 20, in Scottsdale.
He said today that he was present when Hausner and his brother, Jeff Hausner, bragged about shootings as far back as November 2005. Jeff Hausner has not been charged in any of the shootings, but he is in prison for a stabbing and is charged in another stabbing with his brother.
The state has presented victims, witnesses, investigators and forensic evidence since the trial began in September, but Dieteman is considered the star witness.
Each shooting Dieteman described came with its own chilling image.
For instance, Dieteman described how one man who was walking his bicycle was shot and leaned against a building before sliding down into a sitting position on the sidewalk.
In a July 2006 shooting in Phoenix, Dieteman said a man was talking on his cell phone, which immediately “went dark” as soon as he was shot.
Dieteman said Hausner called him once from a fast-food drive-through window, laughing, to report that he had shot someone.
“He said, ‘It’s dangerous around here, I think some chick on a bike just got shot,’ ” Dieteman said.