More time allowed to challenge charges in Phoenix serial killings

PHOENIX (AP) - Lawyers for a Phoenix man accused in a string of deadly nighttime shootings in 2015 and 2016 were given a 60-day extension to challenge the findings of a grand jury that indicted their client on murder charges.

Defense attorney Susan Corey said at a hearing Thursday that more time was needed to review a large volume of records and evidence that was handed over by authorities in the case against Aaron Saucedo.

Saucedo has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and drive-by shooting in attacks that killed nine people and wounded two others during a nearly one-year period that ended in July 2016. 

He chose not to be in court Thursday.

It marked the sixth time he has declined to attend hearings in his case.

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