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Arizona Supreme Court hears convicted killer’s appeal

The Arizona Supreme Court has heard arguments in the appeal of a convicted serial killer who was sentenced to death six times in March 2009.

Authorities say 38-year-old Dale Hausner was the mastermind of a 14-month shooting spree that killed eight men and women, wounded 18, and killed at least nine horses and dogs in 2005 and 2006.

He was arrested in August 2006 and initially charged with 87 felonies. Hausner was convicted of 80, including six of the eight murders.

The Arizona Republic says the state Supreme Court justices heard the arguments Tuesday and will issue their opinion on the death sentences in 60 to 90 days.

If his convictions and sentences are upheld, Hausner has so far indicated that he won’t appeal them further.

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