'Dale the Innocent' seeks news discount
MESA, Ariz. - One of the two men accused of terrorizing Phoenix in a series of random late-night shootings thinks his notoriety deserves compensation. Dale Hausner called the East Valley Tribune from jail and requested a discount Tribune subscription as a reward for generating newspaper headlines. Hausner called himself "Dale the Innocent" when placing the collect call, and said he deserves a "sweetheart deal."
"I've sold a lot of newspapers for you," Hausner told the paper Wednesday.
The Tribune declined Hausner's request.
Hausner, 33, and Samuel Dieteman, 31, are accused of shooting at numerous people over a 14-month period as they cruised Phoenix-area neighborhoods during the night. Hausner is charged with seven murder counts and Dieteman faces two murder counts, plus charges related to dozens of other shootings of people and animals. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.
Hausner has sent several letters and made several phone calls to the Tribune since his arrest in August. Dieteman has declined media requests for comment.
Both have pleaded not guilty.