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Forensic psychiatrist who aided JonBenet Ramsey probe killed in Arizona

By: Associated Press
June 1, 2018 Updated: June 2, 2018 at 7:24 am
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photo - Steven Pitt. Photo credit: Threat Assessment Group, Inc.
Steven Pitt. Photo credit: Threat Assessment Group, Inc. 

PHOENIX  — A forensic psychiatrist who assisted in the investigations into the 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey in Colorado and a string of killings in Phoenix more than a decade ago was fatally shot outside his Arizona office.

Witnesses heard a loud argument and gunfire Thursday outside Dr. Steven Pitt's office in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, police say.

Phoenix police Sgt. Vince Lewis says he had no information on whether the killing was connected to the 59-year-old Pitt's work. Investigators released a sketch of the suspect who fled the scene.

Pitt assisted in the investigation into the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, a beauty pageant star who was found dead at her family's home in Boulder. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence.

A decade later, Pitt helped Phoenix police as they tried to catch an attacker known as the "Baseline Killer," who terrorized the city in summer 2006.

Police eventually arrested Mark Goudeau, and he was convicted of nine killings and 58 other charges, including kidnapping and rape. A jury sentenced Goudeau to death in 2011.

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