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Defense to argue for life in Baseline Killer case

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Attorneys for the man convicted of being the Phoenix area's Baseline Killer are set to begin arguing to jurors on Monday that he should be spared form the death penalty.

Those same jurors found 47-year-old Mark Goudeau guilty of nine murder counts and 58 other charges on Oct. 31.

They also found that he is eligible for the death penalty after prosecutors argued that his victims died in an especially cruel way.

Goudeau's attorneys are set to begin arguing that there are so-called mitigating factors in Goudeau's case that merit a sentence of life in prison, not the death penalty.

Common mitigating factors include mental illness or a history of being abused.

Goudeau already is serving a 438-year sentence stemming from a 2007 sexual assault conviction.

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