Baseline Killer UPDATE: "Aggravation" Phase of Mark Goudeau Trial Promises Fireworks
For legal reasons, jurors at criminal trials don't get to hear about a lot of things deemed prejudicial to the defendant or irrelevant to the matters at hand.
Also, jurors will learn for the first time that Goudeau already is serving a 438-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting two Phoenix sisters in September 2005.
This phase promises to be packed with emotion and drama, as will the subsequent penalty phase (if the jurors, as expected, do find the requisite aggravating factors in the upcoming hearing) when the Goudeau team gets to present mitigation in an effort to keep him off death row.
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Again for the record, the jury convicted the 47-year-old Phoenix man on all nine murder counts on this, the Day of the Dead (Halloween), as well as 58 other serious felonies after deliberating for more than a week.
If they don't decide to stick him on death row, it will come as a shock to just about everyone familiar with the facts of the global case.
By the way, we are working on an inside story about the Baseline case as we speak (or write) for publication in next week's issue (November 10).
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