Hausner eligible for death penalty in serial shooter attacks

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UPDATE: Tues., March 24 @ 1:30 p.m.

PHOENIX - A Phoenix jury decided Tuesday that a man convicted in a series of random nighttime shootings that terrorized he city is eligible for the death penalty.

The same jury found Dale Shawn Hausner guilty March 13 of murdering six people during the so-called 'Serial Shooter' attacks n 2005 and 2006.

They decided Hausner is eligible for the death penalty after istening to testimony Monday from the medical examiner who performed the autopsies on two victims.

A prosecutor told jurors that Hausner committed multiple murders in an especially cruel, heinous or depraved manner. Defense attorneys argued that the crimes do not merit the death penalty.

Jurors will now hear evidence in mitigation before deciding if the death penalty should be imposed.

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PHOENIX -- Jurors returned to a Phoenix courtroom Monday to begin deciding the fate of a man convicted in a series of random nighttime shootings that terrorized the city.

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Dale Shawn Hausner was found guilty March 13 of murdering six people and attacking 19 others during the Serial Shooter attacks in 2005 and 2006.

The same jury that convicted Hausner must now determine whether the death penalty is warranted in this case. Hausner would face life in prison if he is not condemned.

Over the next several weeks, jurors are expected to consider evidence, witness testimony and victim impact statements in the penalty phase.

Samuel Dieteman, a former roommate who testified against Hausner, is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to two of the Serial Shooter killings.

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