Police say suspect tied to 9 killings

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PHOENIX (AP) – Police in Phoenix and two suburbs say they have evidence linking a 35-year-old man already charged with two killings to seven additional homicides that occurred in a three-week span late last year.

Police officials for Phoenix, Glendale and Avondale said Thursday that Cleophus Cooksey knew some of the victims but investigators are still trying to determine motives for at least some of the killings.

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.

Officials say investigators were able to use evidence from shelling casings to connect at least some of the killings.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says new technology allows police to get results of those checks within hours instead of weeks.

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