Cleo Cooksey is a lover, not a killer. In his mind.In the minds of Phoenix police detectives, Cleophus Cooksey Jr. shot nine people dead between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2017. Maricopa County prosecutors have charged him in eight of those killings and are seeking the death penalty.Continue ReadingHe told police his mother was “a rock,” and “a great lady.” He shot her in the head, police say. The man Cooksey described as a brother, he shot point-blank in the face while he slept, police allege.But in a three-hour police interview in January 2018 obtained through a public records request by Phoenix New Times, Cooksey depicted himself as a man of God, reformed in prison, someone who saw the light in people. And people saw the light in him. Especially women. He boasted of thousands of women friends on Facebook and told the Phoenix police detective his nickname in high school was Playboy.So when that detective showed him a picture of Maria Villanueva, told him she was dead, and that Cooksey’s DNA was found at the scene, Cooksey snapped.“I’m not gonna leave her, a woman dead!” Cooksey said as it dawned on him that he was now being accused of her… Read full this story
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