What's at stake in the 'Baseline Killer' trial?

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by Sybil Hoffman

azfamily.com

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 19 at 9:58 PM

PHOENIX – Mark Goudeau is the man Phoenix police believe is the so-called “Baseline Killer.”

Jury selection began Monday in the high-profile capital murder case.

To get some insight into what will happen during the trial, 3TV interviewed veteran defense and prosecuting attorney Mike Bailey.

“The big fight in this will be people's views on the death penalty," Bailey said. “Technically in order for the death penalty to be imposed he doesn't have to be convicted of all nine murders, he only has to be convicted of one of them.”

Phoenix detectives say they found shell casings at each crime scene which they contend came from the same gun.

"So, you know, whoever committed the first murder, committed the fifth murder and committed the ninth murder, at least that's the argument,” Bailey said. “The gun was the same in each case."

The only problem is that is considered circumstantial evidence. "We don't have a gun in this case. We don't have any evidence that shows him in possession of the gun. I'm sure the defense will argue someone could have had the gun.”

Whether or not Goudeau is convicted remains to be seen. As far as a motive, that may forever be a mystery.

Bailey says, "As far as understanding the thought process of what went on, I don't think we're ever going to know.” Goudeau’s trial is scheduled to begin June 6.

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