`Baseline Killer' Mark Goudeau May Get Very Bad News Today: Death Sentence Looms

Fresh from the Thanksgiving holiday, the jury in the Mark Goudeau serial killing case returns to work this morning, scheduled to hear closing arguments in the "penalty phase" of the high-profile case.

The jurors' choices are simple: Death, or life without possibility of parole.

The 47-year-old already is serving a life sentence (actually 438 years) for the 2005 sexual assaults of two south Phoenix sisters.

The jury's decision, however, will not spell the end of the case: Judge Granville next month will sentence Goudeau for the other 58 felony convictions that the panel rendered, including sexual assaults, armed robberies, and kidnappings.

Goudeau's violent crime spree--one of Arizona's most infamous--and how it ended is explained in some detail in this recent story.

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Paul Rubin
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