How much does media coverage taint a potential jury in a murder case? That's an as-yet-unanswered question posed to the judge in the case of "Serial Street Shooter" suspect Aaron Saucedo.

Saucedo, 23, is charged with nine murders over the course of 12 shootings between August 2015 and July 2016, mostly in the Maryvale neighborhood of west Phoenix, though some of the events took place in east-central Phoenix.

In a hearing Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court, one of Saucedo's defense attorneys argued the media should not be allowed to film or photograph Saucedo's face or show him in chains and jail clothes because it would unfairly influence his case in the eyes of the jury pool.

Shortly after Saucedo's arrest, reporters from The Arizona Republic showed his mugshot to one of the survivors whose description aided police in creating a composite drawing of the attacker. The victim told the reporters it was not the photo he had picked out of a lineup when questioned by investigators.

Attorney Craig Hoffman, who represented The Republic and five other local media outlets at Friday’s hearing, noted, "Identification is an issue in quite a few cases." He said the potential of tainting the jury is normally handled during jury selection by questioning prospective jurors.

Attorney David Bodney filed an objection on behalf of The Republic, the Associated Press, Telemundo and Channels 3, 5, 12 and 15. A news story by 12 News on the incident was played in court Friday by Corey as her idea of proof of prejudice against her client. Hoffman stood in for Bodney in Friday's hearing.

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