A shoe, a ski mask and two gold rings are among the evidence Phoenix police are using to link Mark Goudeau to the city’s Baseline Killer investigation, according to reports obtained by The Associated Press.
Police seized the items during a search of Goudeau’s central Phoenix home in October last year. The items either contained DNA evidence that matched the slaying victims’ blood or were items the victims owned.
Goudeau’s lawyers deny that he’s the notorious Baseline Killer, a serial predator who police say terrorized Phoenix from 2005-06 with a string of random attacks.
He has pleaded not guilty to 74 criminal counts, including nine counts of first-degree murder, 15 counts of sexual assault and 11 counts of kidnapping.
But Goudeau already has been convicted in another case tied to the Baseline Killer investigation, a 2005 sexual assault of two sisters in a south Phoenix park.
Goudeau, 43, faces a maximum of 285 years in prison when he’s sentenced Nov. 6.
The hundreds of pages of documents and two CDs of crime scene photos were released to the AP in three batches between Wednesday and Friday.
Defense lawyer Randall Craig, who declined to comment Friday, told the AP on Wednesday the latest release of police evidence hasn’t been vetted yet by independent experts.
“It has not been subject to cross-examination nor has it been analyzed by our experts which we have been lining up for the case,” Craig said. “I caution the public to not jump to any conclusions as to the strength or weakness of any of the evidence in this case.”
Police reports say a white Nike high-top shoe taken from Goudeau’s home during the police search in October 2006 had blood on it that connected it to two killings — that of Chao “George” Chou in March of last year and that of Kristin Nicole Gibbons the same month.
Gibbons’ blood also was found on a navy blue ski mask in Goudeau’s home, according to police reports.
Reports also show two gold rings, found among various women’s jewelry in a plastic bag in one of Goudeau’s shoes, belonged to two different victims.
The first belonged to Tina Washington, found dead in an alley on Dec. 12, 2005.
As they recovered her belongings, family members said Washington was missing a ring adorned with three birthstones and the phrase “we love mom” inscribed on the side.
The ring was missing for almost a year when officers said they found it in Goudeau’s shoe.
Another ring found in the shoe belonged to Gibbons, her family members told police.
After authorities recovered items from Gibbons’ body, family members said a yellow gold ring with a single blue stone was missing.
They recognized the ring when police showed it to them.
Police say what links all nine killings in the Baseline Killer case are shell casings from the same gun found at each of the shooting scenes.