Witnesses testify in trial of Serial Shooter suspect

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PHOENIX -- Witnesses are expected to continue to take the stand Wednesday in the trial for suspected serial shooter Dale Hausner.


PHOENIX -- A defense attorney for accused serial killer Dale Hausner is trying to paint two prosecution witnesses as liars who want to get lighter sentences for themselves.

Witnesses testify

Attorney Ken Everett told jurors in his opening statement Tuesday that Hausner always has denied involvement in dozens of shootings that killed eight people and targeted 20 others. Former Hausner roommate Samuel Dieteman confessed to two of the murders and is expected to testify against Hausner. Everett told jurors that Dieteman is pointing the finger at Hausner to avoid the death penalty.

Hausner's murder trial opened Monday with prosecutors calling him a narcissist who watched with excitement as news reports logged his alleged killings and fear spread across the Phoenix area in 2005 and 2006.

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PHOENIX -- The man accused of being one of Arizona's most notorious serial killers went on trial Monday morning.

Opening statements in the case against Dale Hausner began in a Phoenix courtroom around 11 a.m.

A prosecutor said Hausner is a narcissist who cut out newspaper stories about his alleged shootings.

Hausner and accomplice Samuel Dieteman are accused of terrorizing the Valley with a serial shooting spree that left eight people dead and 20 others wounded.

Prosecutor Vincent Imbordino told jurors that people in metropolitan Phoenix were frightened by the shootings.

Investigators believe Hausner and Dieteman may have also shot several animals.

Dieteman already pleaded guilty and is set to testify against Hausner.

Hausner faces 87 charges, including assault, animal cruelty, conspiracy, arson and eight counts of murder.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.