Series murder suspect arrested in US state of Arizona

Series murder suspect arrested in US state of Arizona

Because the killings did not follow any discernible modus operandi, police did not realize that they had a serial killer on their hands until they arrested Cooksey for the murder of his mother and stepfather.

Phoenix police suspect a convicted felon charged with murder in the killing of his mother and stepfather may have committed seven other killings.

The victims include the brother of Cooksey's ex-girlfriend and a woman who showed signs of sexual assault.

Cooksey was reported previously served 16 years in prison for manslaughter and armed robbery. They were identified as Rene Cooksey and Edward Nunn. Police think he may eventually be linked to more crimes.

Although all were committed in late 2017, the killings were scattershot, included victims in a variety of demographic groups, occurred at various locations throughout the Phoenix area and lacked a unifying pattern or method. She is found partially nude and shot to death in a Phoenix alley the next morning. In the days following the shooting, Desaree Coronado, Griselda Vasquez and Liliana Vasquez were arrested on charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Arizona. In another, Cooksey allegedly targeted his ex-girlfriend's brother.

Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

According to the police, the suspected serial killer appeared to grow bolder as he killed more people - even pretending to be one victim's cousin and directing a Glendale police officer to the body of a man he had shot moments before and posting a photo of himself on Facebook wearing the jewelry of a man he killed.

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Then on 15 December 21-year-old Kristopher Cameron was found shot and bloodied, kneeling in a grassy field and died the next day.

It's possible, authorities said, that they might find links to other murders. "In fact, I'm going to say I think there is a probability that there are additional homicides out there involving this same suspect", Howard said.

Cooksey was released to community supervision in January 2015.

Jesus Bonifacio Real, 25, was found shot to death on 11 December inside a Phoenix residence.

The Republic reported that Cooksey is the grandson of a Tucson, Arizona-based civil rights leader, Roy Cooksey. Liliana Vasquez was reportedly dating Cooksey and stayed at the apartment a few times a week.

The report states that Cooksey's father committed serious physical abuse against his son, and after one incident, the younger Cooksey was hospitalized when he was 12.