Phoenix man charged in serial killings waives rights, does not appear at court hearing

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Aaron Juan 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. (Source: MCSO) Aaron Juan 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. (Source: MCSO)
PHOENIX (AP) -

A former city bus driver charged in a string of deadly nighttime shootings in Phoenix waived his rights and did not appear at a scheduled court hearing on Thursday.

Aaron Juan 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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Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty on eight of the nine deaths.

Most of the killings were in a mostly Latino neighborhood where residents became afraid to go outside their homes at night.

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Saucedo has chosen not to attend five previous court hearings.

His trial is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2019.

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