- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A court ruling says a judge was right to rule that families of victims in Phoenix’s “Baseline Killer” case cannot sue the city for failing to make an arrest earlier.

The state Court of Appeals ruling Thursday says the city didn’t have a special duty to protect the victims and that a state immunity law otherwise blocks negligence claims stemming from the crimes that included nine killings.

Lawsuits filed by families of several victims and a surviving victim contended that initial testing of DNA evidence from a September 2005 assault was inadequate.

The suits say that resulted in Mark Goudeau not being arrested until September 2006 after additional DNA testing.

It’s not immediately known whether the latest ruling will be appealed.

Goudeau was sentenced to death and lengthy prison terms.

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