Defense gives closing in Ariz. killer's trial

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UPDATE -- Tuesday, July 28:

PHOENIX -- A defense attorney has finished closing arguments in the penalty phase for a man convicted in the Phoenix area's Serial Shootings case .

Dieteman testifies

Mike Watkiss talks about imminent sentencing of Sam Dieteman - 3TV's Mike Watkiss talks about the imminent sentencing of a man convicted in the Phoenix area's Serial Shootings -- Sam Dieteman.

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Quinn Jolly told jurors in Maricopa County Superior Court to show Samuel Dieteman grace and save "the wretch he became."

Jolly says Dieteman would live in fear in prison because he has been labeled a snitch.

Dieteman was a key witness against co-defendant Dale Hausner, who was handed six death sentences earlier this year for the random 14-month shooting spree.

Dieteman pleaded guilty to two of the six murders linked to the attacks in 2005 and 2006.

Dieteman told jurors earlier Tuesday that he accepted a plea deal in order to move on to his sentence and testify against Hausner.

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Dieteman testifies at sentencing trial -- Monday, July 27

PHOENIX -- One of the two convicted killers responsible for metro Phoenix's Serial Shooter attacks took the stand at his sentencing trial Monday.

Jurors are considering whether to give Samuel Dieteman the death penalty or life in prison for two murders that he admitted to.

For 14 months, authorities say Dieteman and his former roommate Dale Hausner preyed on unsuspecting victims around the Phoenix area.

The 33-year-old Dieteman faces death or life in prison for his role in the attacks in 2005 and 2006, which left eight people dead and many more seriously injured.

Dieteman was the key witness against Hausner, who was handed six death sentences earlier this year.

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