State's case against Goudeau will move forward

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PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office:

Indictments stand

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has upheld the indictments in the murder case against Mark Goudeau. The defense sought to have the case remanded to a grand jury based on evidence issues and claims that a member of the grand jury was biased.

On August 12, 2008, Superior Court Judge Warren Granville ruled against the defendant's motion to remand. The ruling states in part:

"Nothing in the record supports a conclusion that she (a grand juror) had pre-judged Defendant, or that she voted based upon anything other than the evidence presented during the proceeding." The judge further cited case law in Arizona that: "An attack on the indictment based on the nature, weight or sufficiency of evidence presented to the grand jury shall not be considered by the Court."< /p>

Goudeau faces nine counts of First Degree Murder and a series of other charges relating to the "Baseline Killer" investigation. Deputy County Attorneys Suzanne Cohen, Bob Shutts and William Clayton are prosecuting.

Thomas stated, "We are pleased by the court's ruling and look forward to taking this case to trial."