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Phoenix serial killings suspect: 'I'm innocent'

11 May, 2017, 18:15 | Author: Paula Vaughn

The break in the case came when Saucedo was arrested last month in connection with the August 2015 fatal shooting of 61-year-old Raul Romero, who had a relationship with Saucedo's mother.

Police have identified new victims in a series of Phoenix shootings that resulted in the arrest of a 23-year-old man.

The former bus driver's only other comment was to acknowledge that he understood the goal of the court appearance late Monday night.

A 23-year-old Phoenix man arrested in a series of shootings in which nine people were killed is proclaiming his innocence.

"It was about time", said Graciela Beltran, breaking down in tears in her living room as she recounted the life and death of her son, 32-year-old Horacio de Jesus Pena.

Documents related to Saucedo's arrest have been sealed by the county, and community leaders say by releasing more information, the public can stay informed on what led to his arrest.

All but one of the killings took place in a predominantly Latino neighborhood between March and July of 2016.

"I'm innocent" were the only other words he spoke during the appearance before a judge who agreed with a prosecutor that that Saucedo should be held without bond.

He was rebooked Monday into a Maricopa County jail on 26 additional felony counts, including eight of homicide, three of attempted homicide, and several of drive-by shooting and aggravated assault, Williams said.

Speaking to PEOPLE Tuesday morning, Phoenix police spokesman Jonathan Howard likens the year-long investigation that led to 23-year-old Aaron Saucedo's arrest to assembling a jigsaw puzzle.

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It was a crime spree that killed nine people, stumped the police for months and left residents of Phoenix unnerved.

In all, Saucedo was booked for 12 shootings that occurred from August 2015 to July. And they would have known that the person who sold the gun to the pawn shop was Saucedo.

Saucedo told authorities he had changed his appearance and stopped driving his BMW after the police released descriptions of him and the auto last summer, Howard said. Authorities investigated Saucedo more closely and connected him to the other killings.

Victims' family members said they were still reeling from the brazenness and randomness of the attacks and because police couldn't make an arrest sooner.

Police say tips from the community resulted in his arrest.

The mother of Jesse Olivas, Lydia Lopez, said she had a feeling her son's death was linked to the "serial street shooter". She said her husband and his friends began hanging out in the backyard instead of the front after the shootings.

"The only thing I can say is thank God there's going to be justice and we leave it in God's hands".

Ms Smith said she had grown frustrated over the past year as detectives kept her in the dark about the investigation. They said none of the evidence tied him to the I-10 cases that terrified the city for several weeks. The 23-year-old serial killing suspect accused of fatally shooting seven people last year and wounding two others in att. "But they wanted me to find out from them and not the news".

In the most recent attack on July 11, 2016, a 21-year-old man and his 4-year-old nephew escaped injury after the gunman shot at a vehicle they were sitting in.

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