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Bail denied to man accused in 9 killings in metro Phoenix

March 1, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ordered a man accused in a string of killings in metro Phoenix late last year to be jailed until his trial on murder charges in the shooting deaths of his mother and stepfather.

Bail for 35-year-old Cleophus Cooksey Jr. had previously been set at $1 million, but Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp issued an order Friday denying Cooksey bond.

Kemp cited the evidence against Cooksey, including that neighbors heard Cooksey arguing with his stepfather shortly before shots were fired at the Phoenix apartment they shared.

Authorities say Cooksey fatally shot seven other people, though he hasn’t been charged in those deaths.

Cooksey has pleaded not guilty to charges in the deaths of his mother and stepfather.

Prosecutors asked the judge to deny bond to Cooksey.

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