Suspected Baseline Killers wife not allowed in court

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Although she has attended nearly every hearing to date, the wife of Mark Goudeau, the accused Baseline Killer, will not be allowed in the courtroom as the trial gets under way.

Wendy Carr could be called as a witness in her husband's trial. She has stood steadfastly by Goudeau's side all along, his biggest advocate.

"I don't mean to oversimplify it, but Mark is innocent, and I think it's important that I show my support for him," she said. "If even a teeny bit of me thought he could be guilty, I would just go away."

She said it's scary to be on the cusp of the murder trial.

"Juries just scare me because people feel like they have a civic duty to convict, but hopefully people will be selected who can really listen to the case and understand there's not a shred of evidence that links Mark to any of these crimes," she said. "DNA is not what they say it is, not even close."

Prosecution and defense delivered their dramatic opening statements Monday in the trial against Goudeau, who is accused of being the so-called Baseline Killer.

Goudeau, 46, is accused of killing nine people and committing dozens of other crimes, including rape and child molestation.

He has pleaded not guilty. If convicted of the murder charges, he could face the death penalty.

Prosecutor Suzanne Cohen told jurors that Goudeau was driven by a hunger to rape, and the victims who didn't cooperate were shot point-blank in the head.

Defense attorney Randall Craig said there was a serious lack of DNA evidence.

The first witness was an 18-year-old woman who cried as she told jurors how she and her friend were forced to disrobe before they were sexually assaulted.

Goudeau, who already is serving a 438-year prison sentence after being convicted of 19 counts in a 2005 attack on two sisters, could get the death penalty if he is convicted in this trial.

Testimony resumes Tuesday and is expected to last about nine months.