PHOENIX — Police in Phoenix have added several charges against serial street shooter suspect Aaron Juan Saucedo, including eight counts of first-degree murder, they said Friday.
Saucedo, 28, has been in jail since his arrest in May. He was charged with the first-degree murder of Raul Romero in 2015 but was suspected in the shooting deaths of eight more.
Romero was dating Saucedo’s mother and was killed near Bethany Home Road and Seventh Street.
A dozen victims were shot at starting in March 2016 in the west Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale.
Other charges added this week were two counts of attempts to commit 1st-degree, six counts of drive-by shooting, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of endangerment.
He was already facing 27 felony charges and has professed his innocence during his initial court appearance.
At the time of Saucedo’s arrest, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said more charges were possible.
Saucedo was declared a person of interest in April. Authorities posted a reward of $75,000 for information on the case.
Eventually, a handgun was linked to Saucedo. Ammunition he’d bought matched casings he found at one of the crime scenes.
Coworkers told police that Saucedo drove a car that matched the description of the car spotted in some of the shootings and that he resembled the sketch of the suspect.
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