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Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2006 10:28 am | Updated: 2:37 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas now has in his hands a 15,000-page report detailing 19 crimes that have been linked to the “Baseline Killer” and that Phoenix police believe Mark Goudeau committed.

The task for Thomas and his office will be to review the 71 charges that police recommended Thursday for Goudeau, who was arrested Sept. 6 in connection with the rapes of two sisters on Sept. 20, 2005.

“I still believe that this man never again can be able to walk the streets of this Valley or anywhere else in freedom,” Thomas said Thursday morning. “I’m going to do everything within my lawful authority to make sure that that is the outcome in the case that we already have against this man, and in the cases that may well follow.”

The 19 incidents are part of the largest investigation in Phoenix police history, and include a litany of crimes: homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, armed robbery, sexual abuse, sexual conduct with a minor, aggravated assault and indecent exposure.

The crime spree started with a sexual assault on Aug. 6, 2005, at 7202 S. 48th St. in Phoenix. It ended June 29, 2006, at 2924 E. Thomas Road, where 37-year-old Carmen Miranda was killed at a carwash, just around the corner from Goudeau’s home at 2824 E. Pinchot Ave.

Police had previously indicated 23 crimes could be linked to the Baseline Killer. On Thursday, Hill said four of those cases were struck from the list.

Phoenix police Cmdr. Joe Klima said a collection of forensic, physical and circumstantial evidence ties the 42-yearold Goudeau to the crimes. The forensic evidence includes DNA and ballistics, Klima said, but he refused to discuss details about the weapon or other physical evidence.

Phoenix attorney Corwin Townsend — who represents Goudeau in the Sept. 20, 2005, sex assault charges — maintained Goudeau’s innocence.

“We think that clearly this is a shock and a disappointment that they intend to file new charges,” Townsend said, “but we contend that they have the wrong guy.”

On Thursday afternoon, Townsend appeared in court to dispute the DNA evidence that’s being used to link Goudeau to the rapes of the sisters. He asked a judge to release his client on electronic monitoring.

Goudeau is being held on a $1 million cash bond, but the state wants him to be held without bond.

During the hearing, a Phoenix detective said in January, initial test results of DNA evidence from the rapes were inconclusive. But a swab sent in July to the Arizona Department of Public Safety connected Goudeau to the women.

Townsend also asked that the case be sent back to the grand jury since a man on the initial grand jury said he knew a member of the Goudeau family. County Superior Court Judge James Keppel could rule on the motions next week.

Townsend said Goudeau first learned of the report that calls for 71 charges Thursday afternoon and said “he’s devastated, obviously.”

The name Baseline Killer came from the street in Phoenix where some of the earliest crimes in the string were committed. The criminal struck at night and wore disguises, which included a wig of dreadlocks and a fisherman’s hat.

Phoenix police announced Thursday that they have added one more homicide to the Baseline Killer’s spree, bringing the total to nine.

The newest addition is the April 10 death of 37-year-old Sophia Nuñez, said police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill. Her body was discovered by her 8-year-old son in their west Phoenix residence.

All the killings occurred in Phoenix, except for the Sept. 8, 2005, slaying of 19-year-old Georgia Thompson in Tempe.

Following Goudeau’s arrest, police continued to investigate 8,000 leads and 2,500 pieces of evidence, Police Chief Jack Harris said.

“The evidence clearly points to Mark Goudeau,” Klima said.

So far, the county attorney’s office has filed 20 counts against him in connection with the assault of the two sisters. That case is set to go to trial Jan. 22, Thomas said.

Townsend has been firm from the outset in arguing Goudeau’s innocence. “And we see no reason to deviate from that position,” he said.

Recommended charges

Phoenix police have recommended 71 charges against Mark Goudeau, including the following: 9 homicides 10 kidnappings 12 armed robberies 4 attempted armed robberies 5 sexual assaults 3 attempted sexual assaults 3 sexual abuses 9 sexual conduct with a minor 13 aggravated assaults 3 indecent exposures

SOURCE: PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT

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