Arisona man kills nine people in three weeks-Police

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams speaks at a news conference about the linking of nine homicides to a convicted felon on Thursday Jan. 18 2018 in Phoenix Ariz
Cleophus Cooksey: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

19 Enero, 2018

An Arizona man is accused of killing nine people in a three-week span, including his mother and stepfather.

Cooksey was arrested Dec. 17 for the shooting deaths of his mother and another man and he's jailed on two counts of first-degree murder and one of being a felon in possession of a weapon.

All of the victims died from gunshot wounds, and all allegedly traced back to Cooksey because of new technology.

Investigators say he shot dead seven men and two women in their homes, suburban apartment complexes, in a parked car or while outside between 27 November and 17 December.

The victims include Jesus Real, 25, the brother of Cooksey's ex-girlfriend.

Maria Villaneva, a 43-year-old mother, was shot on 16 December after being sexually assaulted, police say.

Another potential killing of Cooksey's was on Dec. 2, when Salim Richards was shot by an unknown assailant, reported Arizona Central.

All the victims had been shot in Phoenix or nearby Avondale and Glendale.

Cooksey had spent several years in prison on a manslaughter conviction he received when he was 18 years old. Cooksey once mentioned he had dealt drugs in a past life, Daniel recalled, but Cooksey characterized it as a mistake and said he was trying to pursue a positive path in life. Cooksey Jr. pleaded not guilty to the crimes pressed against him.

"I'm the strongest man alive" and "I'll cut your throat", he said.

Cooksey was arrested that day and charged with two counts of murder.

Public defender Gary Beren, who is listed as Cooksey's lawyer in the December 17 killing, could not be immediately reached for comment.

As King Playbola, Cooksey would at times rhyme about violence and selling drugs, but Daniel thought little of it. He's recorded other rappers with similar lyrical content and chalked it up to the genre, he said. He died at the scene. The mobile phone was also confirmed to be his.

"She, too, was shot to death and evidence from that scene points to Cooksey", Williams said.

On the evening of December 13, LaTorrie Beckford, 29, was fatally shot at an apartment complex in Glendale, police said.

Though Cooksey was always nice to the producer, Daniel said he was struck by his size - 5-foot-9 and 220 pounds, according to jail records.

Officers credit the city's new membership in the Justice Department-led National Crime Gun Intelligence Center Initiative, which makes it easier to track links among gun shells, projectiles and other ballistics.

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