PHOENIX – Police in the Phoenix area say they have linked nine killings to convicted felon Cleophus Cooksey Jr. Here are more details about the serial killing case:
Nov. 27, 2017 — Andrew Remillard, 27, and Parker Smith, 21, are found dead with gunshot wounds to the head inside a parked car in Phoenix.
Dec. 2, 2017 — Salim Richards, 31, is shot and killed while walking in west Phoenix. His 9mm Glock handgun and a yellow necklace are missing.
Dec. 11, 2017 — Jesus Real, 25, the brother of Cooksey’s ex-girlfriend, is found in bed with two gunshot wounds to the face at his Avondale home.
Dec. 13, 2017 — Latorrie Beckford, 29, is found shot twice in the head in the common area of a Glendale apartment complex.
Dec. 15, 2017 — Kristopher Cameron, 21, is shot and killed upon arriving at a Glendale apartment complex to complete a drug transaction with Cooksey, police say.
Dec. 15, 2017 — About 90 minutes after the fatal shooting of Cameron, Maria Villanueva, 43, parks her car at another complex two miles away. Surveillance cameras show an unknown man approach her and then drive away in Villanueva’s car with her in the front passenger seat. She is found partially nude and shot to death in a Phoenix alley the next morning.
Dec. 17, 2017 — Police responding to gunfire at a central Phoenix apartment find Cooksey at the scene and, after a brief altercation, take him into custody. They find the bodies of his mother Rene Cooksey, 56, and her husband, Edward Nunn, 54, behind the front door. Both had been shot to death.