Image: Dale Hausner in court
Tom Tingle  /  AP
Dale Hausner proclaimed his innocence Monday in court, denying he was involved in a series of random nighttime shootings that terrorized the Phoenix area in 2005 and 2006.
updated 2/2/2009 9:02:51 PM ET 2009-02-03T02:02:51

The main suspect in a series of random nighttime shootings that terrorized the Phoenix area denied that he participated in the attacks as he testified Monday at his murder trial.

Dale Hausner said he and his roommate collected news clippings of the attacks in 2005 and 2006 because the cases interested them.

"No sir, I am not," Hausner said when asked by his attorney if he was the serial shooter.

Hausner is charged with killing eight people and attacking 20 others. He has denied any involvement since his arrest.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Hausner if he is convicted and have not yet questioned him in court.

Hausner and roommate Samuel Dieteman were arrested at their Mesa apartment in 2006. Investigators said they found guns and a map of the city marked with locations of some of the shootings.

Prosecutors allege that Hausner randomly attacked people and animals at night from his car in a conspiracy that occasionally included his brother, Jeff, and Dieteman.

Hausner attorney Ken Everett spent much of Monday morning detailing Hausner's family and work history and asked general questions about whether his client took part in any shootings. He didn't ask about details of specific cases.

Dieteman, who has pleaded guilty in two of the killings, could face the death penalty when sentenced. Dieteman said he didn't take part in all the attacks.

Hausner testified about his work as a janitor at the Phoenix airport and that he earned extra money on side jobs such as standup comedy, bartending and boxing photography. At one time, Hausner had a boxing show on cable TV and made an appearance in a TV commercial for a personal injury law firm.

He said he paid his fair share in supporting his young daughter and cared for her as she struggled with medical issues.

A search of Hausner's apartment turned up a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine. Hausner said he kept the drug at his apartment, but never used any of it around his daughter.

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