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The Latest: Hearing on Phoenix murder case postponed

June 8, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing held Monday for a former city bus driver charged in a string of deadly nighttime shootings in Phoenix (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

A court hearing for a former city bus driver charged in a series of deadly nighttime shootings in Phoenix has been postponed.

Attorneys for Aaron Juan Saucedo were initially expected to argue for the dismissal of the death penalty Friday morning but requested more time.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Cunanan granted a continuance.

The hearing is now scheduled for July 27.

Saucedo has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in attacks that left nine people dead and two others wounded in 2016.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in eight of the deaths.

Saucedo’s lawyers say the death penalty should be taken out of consideration because authorities released video showing him in his jail cell to news organizations.

They say that violated Saucedo’s right to bodily privacy.

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6:05 a.m.

A court hearing is scheduled for a former city bus driver charged in a string of deadly nighttime shootings in Phoenix.

Attorneys for Aaron Juan Saucedo are expected to argue for the dismissal of the death penalty during a hearing Friday morning.

Saucedo has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in attacks that left nine people dead and two others wounded in 2016.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in eight of the deaths.

Saucedo’s lawyers say the death penalty should be taken out of consideration because authorities released video showing him in his jail cell to news organizations.

The jailhouse video showed Saucedo talking on the phone and looking out of a cell-door window.

They say that violated Saucedo’s right to bodily privacy.

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