Arizona's Baseline Killer trial on short break

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- The trial of a man accused of killing nine people in the Phoenix area is on hold this week because of scheduling issues.

Mark Goudeau is charged with nine killings and dozens of other crimes in the so-called Baseline Killer case. The 46-year-old has pleaded not guilty.

His trial began last month and is expected to take nine months.

So far the trial has focused on the first victims in the case, including Georgia Thompson, a 19-year-old woman who was fatally shot in the head in 2005.

A spokesman for the prosecution says the trial was on break last week and this week because of unrelated scheduling issues and will start again Monday.

Goudeau is serving a 438-year prison sentence in the 2005 rapes of two sisters in south Phoenix.