March 7, 2018
This is how they get you, those blacks.
A convicted felon accused of carrying out a string of deadly nighttime shootings in metro Phoenix late last year has been formally charged with murder in eight of the killings.
The charges come nearly two months after investigators said 35-year-old Cleophus Emmanuel Cooksey Jr. fatally shot nine people between late November and mid-December in Phoenix, Glendale and Avondale.
The victims include Cooksey’s mother and stepfather and a 21-year-old man killed while selling marijuana to Cooksey, police said. It’s unclear why the indictment — filed Thursday and made available publicly Monday — charges him in only eight of the nine killings.
Investigators say Cooksey is linked to the killings through ballistics and other evidence, such as a necklace belonging to a victim that Cooksey was wearing at the time of his Dec. 17 arrest.