- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - The main suspect in the Phoenix area’s Serial Shooter attacks has been convicted of six murders and could be sentenced to death.

Jurors on Friday acquitted Dale Hausner of two of the murders that prosecutors said he committed during a monthslong shooting spree in 2005 and 2006 during which not even dogs and horses were safe from attack.

Hausner, a former janitor, has denied any involvement in the attacks. Authorities say he shot at people from his car in a conspiracy that occasionally included his brother and a former roommate, Samuel Dieteman.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Hausner. The trial’s penalty phase begins March 23.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.



PHOENIX (AP) _ The main suspect in the Phoenix area’s Serial Shooter attacks has been convicted of one murder but acquitted of two others.

Verdicts on five other killings in the case against Dale Hausner were moments away from being announced Friday. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty and needed only one murder conviction to do so.

Hausner, a former janitor, is accused of attacking 20 other people, seven dogs and three horses.

Hausner denied any involvement in the attacks. Authorities say he shot at people from his car during 2005 and 2006 in a conspiracy that occasionally included his brother and a former roommate, Samuel Dieteman.

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