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Arguments against death penalty planned in Phoenix case

April 13, 2018

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Aaron Saucedo. A judge is scheduled Friday, April 13, 2018, to hear arguments over whether to take the death penalty off the table for Saucedo, a former bus driver in Phoenix charged in nine killings that terrified residents of the city's west side. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge is scheduled to hear arguments about whether to take the death penalty off the table for a former bus driver in Phoenix charged in nine killings that terrified residents of the city’s west side.

Lawyers for Aaron Juan Saucedo want to bar prosecutors from seeking the death penalty as punishment after authorities released video of their client in his jail cell to news organizations.

The hearing is set for Friday morning before Superior Court Judge David Cunanan in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Defense attorneys have said in court papers that the release of the video to The Arizona Republic and other news organizations violated their client’s constitutional right to bodily privacy.

Saucedo has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in shootings.

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