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Death Penalty Sought for Pair

October 04, 2006|From the Associated Press

PHOENIX — Prosecutors said Tuesday that they will seek the death penalty for two men accused of terrorizing the Phoenix area in a series of random shootings.

Samuel John Dieteman, 30, and Dale S. Hausner, 33, are charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder for allegedly killing two people and wounding 14 others in a string of shootings since May. They have pleaded not guilty.

"These men stand accused of a spree of coldblooded murder and random violence unprecedented in our community," Maricopa County Atty. Andrew Thomas said in a statement.

Police also are trying to determine whether they are linked to 21 other shootings that date to May 2005.

In all, the shootings grouped in the Serial Shooter investigation left seven people dead and 17 wounded.

Dieteman's attorney declined to comment Tuesday, and Hausner's attorney wasn't immediately available for comment.

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