Did the so-called “Baseline Killer” get a fair trial? Mark Goudeau’s attorney tells the Arizona Supreme Court, no, and that’s why he’s appealing Goudeau’s conviction for nine murders in the 2005 and 2006 crime spree. Attorney David Goldberg says with heavy media attention on the day

he was arrested, Goudeau was already branded a killer well before the trial. Goldberg denounced the way, he says, Phoenix Police paraded him before the media in an action he called “prejudicial”.

Goldberg also objects to the way prosecutors rolled up the non murder with murder charges into one trial, which he says, undermined due process.  However, State’s attorney Jeffrey Sparks says, solid evidence puts Goudeau at the scene of the crimes, including bloody clothing on his shoes and clothing found in his house.

Goudeau was sentenced to death in 2011 for the murders that took place between August 2005 and June 2006. State’s evidence found that Goudeau donned disguises for the murders, and shot victims in the head if they did not obey his orders.

The justices are now mulling over the appeal request.

–Barbara Villa

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