Penalty phase begins in Baseline Killer case

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona jury began hearing arguments Wednesday over whether they should sentence a man to death for killing nine people in the so-called Baseline Killer case that terrorized the Phoenix area during the summer of 2006.

The penalty phase in the trial of 47-year-old Mark Goudeau comes after the jury found him guilty on Monday of the nine murder counts and 58 other charges, including kidnapping and rape.

Goudeau already is serving a 438-year sentence in a 2005 sexual assault case tied to the Baseline Killer attacks, but his recent conviction of first-degree murder now makes him eligible for the death penalty.

The nine people killed ranged in age from 19 to 39 years old, and eight were women who prosecutors say refused to submit to Goudeau's sexual demands.