Thirty-five-year-old Cleophus Cooksey Jr. has had aspirations of becoming America’ next big rap star, but somewhere along the path to stardom, he went astray and found a calling he was better at – killing.
He was arrested back in December when Phoenix police responded to a call of shots fired at a residence. Upon their arrival, they discovered Cooksey’s mom and stepdad dead. When arrested, police didn’t know about his other activities until yesterday when he was linked to the murders of 7 other people.
The link to the other murders was made through new technology involving shell casing identification, which all pointed back to Cooksey.
(Fox News) – An Arizona man is accused of a stunning murder spree in which he killed nine people in three weeks — a rampage that would make him one of the most prolific serial killers in the state’s history.
Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, was arrested on Dec. 17, 2017, after police responded to a call of shots fired in Phoenix. When officers arrived they found Cooksey’s mother and stepfather dead. Police said Thursday they did not link Cooksey to the other homicides until he was in custody.
Police said investigators used shelling casings to link the murders. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said new technology allowed officers to determine the evidence was linked to the suspect quickly…
Cooksey’s other murder victims included men and women, white, black and Hispanic. One was the brother of Cooksey’s former girlfriend. Arizona still has the death penalty and has executed nearly 40 convicted murderers since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty. Hopefully, Cooksey will be added to that list.