A former city bus driver pleaded not guilty Thursday to a string of nighttime serial killings of people outside their homes or sitting in cars, slayings that kept residents of a Phoenix neighborhood inside after dark.

Aaron Juan Saucedo, 23, dubbed the “Serial Street Shooter” by authorities, has been charged with fatally shooting nine people and wounding two others during a nearly one-year period that ended in July 2016.

Saucedo didn’t appear in court after Commissioner Thomas Kaipio of Maricopa County Superior Court granted a media request to allow a camera in the courtroom, according to news media attorney David Bodney.

According to Bodney, defense attorneys argued camera coverage and media exposure would hurt Saucedo’s case and that the request had not been filed in a timely manner and needed a formal hearing.

“Under the rule, they must demonstrate a likelihood of harm to their defendant by the presence of a camera and that the likely harm outweighs any public benefit to camera coverage,” Bodney said.

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