Mark Goudeau, a former "MOST WANTED" star is charged with twenty crimes, including sexual assault, arising out of an alleged September 2005 attack on two sisters. During the police investigation of the Baseline Killer (a serial killer named for a Phoenix street where many of the early attacks took place) the police stumbled on to Goudeau who is accused of sexually assaulting two sisters. Goudeau, age 42, lived near the place where several attacks occurred between August 2005 and June 2006. Goudeau was arrested on September 6, 2006. Apparently Prosecutors plan to show that Goudeau's DNA links him to the September 2005 attack on the sisters in South Phoenix Park.
The first trial began today and is expected to last several weeks. A second trial on nine murder counts has not yet been scheduled. Goudeau has pleaded not guilty to all charges. DNA will play a critical part in the first trial.
Update 7-29-07: Mark Goudeau's wife, Wendy Carr, denies her husband is the Baseline Killer. She told the A.P. there is no way Goudeau is the serial predator who attacked 24 people and killed nine. "Mark is not slick enough to be pulling the wool over anybody's eyes. I don't think I would have been as happy as I was if there was weird stuff happening," she said. Wendy claims her husband is a victim of police "racially profiling."
Goudeau is innocent until otherwise proven guilty.
Update 12-20: Goudeau has been sentenced to 438 years in prison for the sexual assaults of two sisters. Mark Goudeau still faces trial in the slayings of eight women and a man. Goudeau had maintained throughout his trial that he was innocent despite allegedly being identified by both sisters as their attacker. DNA apparently was consistent with him being the perpetrator at least as to the rape of one of the sisters. Goudeau (43) is accused of being "Baseline Killer." .
If convicted of murder, Goudeau could get the death sentence. A Blog devoted to Mark Goudeau's innocence can be found here: LINK
Update 9-15-09: Is a possible lawsuit against the police in the works? See comment 9-14-09 from Mike and the link.