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Should Jury Show "Baseline Killer" Mark Goudeau Mercy?

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Convicted "Baseline Killer" Mark Goudeau yesterday addressed the jury that will ultimately decide whether he lives or dies. The killer of nine -- who terrorized Phoenix residents for nearly a year -- asked for mercy.

Goudeau was convicted of 67 felonies last month, including nine murders. He already is serving a 438-year prison sentence for attacking two sisters in Phoenix in 2005.

See New Times' cover story on the "Baseline Killer" case, Waiting for Goudeau, here.

Goudeau, however, claims he's not the monster prosecutors painted him as during his trial, and that his life should be spared.  

"They assassinated my character. They painted me as a monster," Goudeau told jurors. "I am no monster. Mark Goudeau is no monster. I am no monster."

To call Goudeau a "monster" is being polite. Regardless of your opinion of the death penalty, it only exists for people like Goudeau.

Closing statements for the penalty phase of Goudeau's trial are scheduled for November 28. Then the jury will decide whether to show Goudeau mercy, or to send him to Death Row.

We want to know what you think: should Goudeau be shown mercy?

Cast your vote below.

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