After initially suspecting a Phoenix man of killing his mother and stepfather, police now say the man is a serial killer who killed nine others as well.
Police received a shots-fired call on Dec. 17 and rushed to the house, finding two bodies and arrested Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35.
One month later, they have connected Cooksey to seven other homicides, including killings at Glendale apartment complexes.
All nine killering happened in 2017—between Nov. 27 and Dec. 17.
Ballistics testing on Cooksey’s gun led police to the murders, detectives told Arizona Central.
Officers believe Cooksey may be responsible for even more murders and are still investigating that possibility.
The spree may have begun on Nov. 27, when Cooksey is now accused of shooting Andrew Remillard, 27, and Parker Gregory Smith, 21, to death in a parking lot near Indian School Road and 16th Street, reported 12News.
Another potential killing of Cooksey’s was on Dec. 2, when Salim Richards was shot by an unknown assailant, reported Arizona Central.
Jesus Bonifacio Real, shot Dec. 11; LaTorrie Beckford, shot Dec. 13; Kristopher Cameron, shot Dec. 15; Maria Villanueva, shot Dec. 16; and Edward Nunn and Rene Cooksey, shot Dec. 17, round out the list of victims that police now believe Cooksey murdered. The latter pair is his mother and stepfather, while Jesus Real was an ex-boyfriend of Cooksey’s sister.
When police detained Cooksey on the night his mom and stepdad were murdered, he became enraged, ABC15 reported.
“I’m the strongest man alive” and “I’ll cut your throat,” he said.
Court records obtained by ABC show that Cooksey has a previous criminal record.
He was convicted of armed robbery and manslaughter 16 years ago, and was just released in early 2017.
Anyone with information on any of the murders is urged to call police.