Forensic psychiatrist who helped JonBenet Ramsey probe killed

PHOENIX – A forensic psychiatrist who helped in the investigation of the 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey in Colorado, and a series of murders 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 suburb of Phoenix, Scottsdale, police say.

The Phoenix police Sgt. Vince Lewis says that he had no information about whether the killing was connected with the 59-year-old Pitt’s work. The researchers gave a sketch of the suspect who fled the scene.

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

A decade later, Pitt helped the Phoenix police as they tried to capture a attacker known as the “Baseline Killer,” who terrorized the city in the summer of 2006.

The police eventually arrested Mark Goudeau, and he was convicted for nine murders and 58 other charges, including kidnapping and rape. A jury convicted Goudeau to death in 2011.

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