Man charged in Phoenix's serial killings objects to tests

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Mug shot and sketch of Aaron Saucedo. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Mug shot and sketch of Aaron Saucedo. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (AP) -

Lawyers for a former city bus driver charged in a string of deadly nighttime shootings in Phoenix are objecting to any efforts to make their client take court-ordered IQ or sanity tests.

Attorneys for Aaron Juan Saucedo filed court papers last week expressing their objections to such examinations.

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The objections were made after prosecutors said they intended to seek the death penalty against Saucedo.

Saucedo has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and drive-by shooting in attacks that killed nine people and wounded two others during a nearly one-year period that ended in July 2016.

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A status hearing is scheduled Thursday morning in his case.

His trial is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2019.

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