Baseline Killer – Jurors deciding whether to hand down a death sentence for a convicted killer of 9 slayings heard from attorneys on both sides.
The prosecution is arguing for the death penalty for 47-year-old Mark Goudeau, who was found guilty of nine counts of murder and 58 other charges by those same jurors on Oct. 31. The jury’s other option is to sentence Goudeau to life in prison.
Prosecutor Patricia Stevens told jurors that they must sentence Goudeau to death because he killed nine people in an especially cruel way.
“He has no respect for our laws or humanity,” Stevens told jurors as Goudeau sat quietly about 10 feet away. “He is deserving of justice for every life he erased.”
She told jurors that the death penalty is “an expression of moral outrage.”
“Sometimes defendants do things in this world so bad that they forfeit their right to live,” she said. “This defendant has done that over and over again.”
Defense attorney Rod Carter urged jurors to show Goudeau leniency and sentence him to life in prison, saying that he will be a model inmate and that a difficult childhood turned him into the man he is today.
“(A life sentence) is not a slap on the wrist,” Carter said. “He’ll never get out of prison. That’s where he’ll be the rest of his life.
“A death sentence is as permanent as you can get,” he said.
Goudeau talked to jurors himself two weeks ago and asked them to follow their hearts when they decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison.
“I am no monster,” he said. “I could look in each and every one of your eyes today and tell you Mark Goudeau is no wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Stevens reminded jurors of Goudeau’s comments and said that they should take special note that Goudeau offered no apologies to any of the victims in the case or their families.