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Death of Arizona serial killer ruled a suicide

Death of Arizona serial killer ruled a suicide

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Jul 11, 2013

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The death of a serial killer convicted of murdering six people in a shooting spree that terrorized Phoenix in 2005 and 2006 has been ruled a suicide.
   
The Pinal County Medical Examiner's Office announced Thursday that Dale Hausner's death last month was caused by "amitriptyline intoxication."
   
Authorities say amitriptyline is one of a variety of anti-depressant medications.
   
The 40-year-old Hausner was found unresponsive on June 19 in his one-person cell at the Eyman state prison complex in Florence.
   
The state Department of Corrections says Hausner was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.
   
Hausner was given six death sentences and hundreds of years in prison for killing six people and attacking 19 others in a series of random shootings in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.