PHOENIX, March 17 (UPI) -- A prosecutor in Arizona's Maricopa County says the prosecution will seek the death penalty in suspected serial killer Mark Goudeau's upcoming trial.
The 42-year-old man is set to face a 74 counts when his trial starts, and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced Friday that the prosecution would seek the death penalty in the case, the Arizona Republic reported.
A separate trial against Goudeau in which he is accused of sexually assaulting two sisters is set to begin in June.
Goudeau could become Phoenix's most prolific serial killer if convicted on all murder charges against him.
He is facing charges of killing nine people in addition to rape and robbery charges in the prosecution's main case against him.
Thomas told the Republic he wants the main trial against Goudeau to begin soon, but a recent backlog of capital cases in Arizona may push the trial date far beyond one year from now.