Judge deciding on bond for man accused in 9 killings in Phoenix

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A hearing is scheduled Thursday to consider whether to deny bail to a man accused in a string of killings in metro Phoenix. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) A hearing is scheduled Thursday to consider whether to deny bail to a man accused in a string of killings in metro Phoenix. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Mug shot of Cleophus Emmanuel Cooksey, Jr. (Source: MCSO) Mug shot of Cleophus Emmanuel Cooksey, Jr. (Source: MCSO)
A court hearing for bond for a man who police said shot and killed his mother and stepfather was held on Thursday. (Source: Pool) A court hearing for bond for a man who police said shot and killed his mother and stepfather was held on Thursday. (Source: Pool)
PHOENIX (AP) -

A judge will wait until another hearing to announce whether to deny bail to a man accused in a string of killings in metro Phoenix.

Bail for Cleophus Emmanuel Cooksey Jr. was set at $1 million after his mid-December arrest on murder charges in the shooting deaths of his mother and stepfather.

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It was upped to $5 million last week after police said he killed seven others.

No charges have been filed in those deaths.

A court hearing to discuss the issue of bail for the two deaths was held on Thursday. Cooksey was not there.

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A motion filed by prosecutors asked the judge to make it so Cooksey would be held without bail.

Prosecutors say state law denies bail to people charged with crimes for which they can seek the death penalty.

They haven't said whether they'll seek the death penalty.

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His attorneys say prosecutors can't show why the deaths of Cooksey's mother and stepfather could lead to the death penalty.

Cooksey pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The issue of bond is expected to be decided at the next hearing.

Homicide Detective Michelle Cervantes testified Thursday saying Rene Cooksey was shot once in the head and once through her lower jaw. Cervantes said Rene's husband Edward Nunn had been shot between the eyes and then through the chest.

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Det. Cervantes testified neighbors living in the apartment across from the family reported hearing gunfire and then voices they recognized.

"They said it sounded like Edward Nunn and Cleophus were arguing and something to the effect of demons or devils," said Cervantes. "Then they heard a series of shots."

Defense lawyers questioned whether Rene could have shot herself or been shot by her husband. The detective said the couple's hands weren't checked for gunshot residue.

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