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'Serial Street Shooter' Suspect Tells Judge He's Innocent

Aaron Saucedo
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
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Aaron Saucedo.

The defendant in the Phoenix "Serial Street Shooter" case appeared in court for the first time Tuesday and told a judge that he is innocent. Phoenix police accuse Aaron Saucedo in a string of shootings and murders dating back to 2015.

In Saucedo’s case, 26 charges have been filed against him related to shootings from 2015 and 2016, where nine people died and two were injured.

A document is typically filed and made public after police after a suspect is booked into jail. It details things like arrest location, type of firearm used and other information about the case.

But, in Saucedo’s case, that document was sealed by a judge.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says it was to avoid compromising an ongoing investigation.

“Given the nature of the crimes involved and the impact to the community, we want to be exceedingly careful in protecting the integrity of that investigation and the ability to hold the individual fully accountable," he said.

Montgomery says it's to make it easier for police to find any other potential crimes linked to the shootings. 

“This is out of an abundance of caution in what law enforcement has learned along the way that there may be yet more out there and to be able to submit to my office for us to be able to carry out a solid prosecution," he said.

Police connected Saucedo with the serial shootings after he was booked on a murder charge from 2015. 

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.