Cleophus Cooksey Jr.

Victims 9
Cleophus Emmanuel Cooksey Jr.
(1982-03-25) March 25, 1982 (age 39)
Died Unknown
Known for Unknown
Criminal penalty Unknown


Cleophus Emmanuel Cooksey Jr. (born March 25, 1982) is an American accused serial killer from Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. He has been charged with nine murders and other crimes committed in the city and in surrounding areas during a 21-day span between November and December 2017. All nine victims had been shot. His mother, Rene Cooksey, and his stepfather, Edward Nunn, were his final two victims. A blood-covered Cooksey was arrested at the scene.

Ballistics evidence, DNA testing, stolen jewelry and a stolen mobile phone belonging to one of the victims linked Cooksey to the other seven murders. Phoenix authorities say there is a "distinct possibility" of more victims. Investigations into unsolved murders are ongoing.

Cooksey, a grandson of Tucson civil rights leader Roy L. Cooksey, is currently represented by public defender Gary Beren.

Known victims

# Name Age Date of death Notes
1 Andrew Remillard 27 11-27-2017 Fatally shot in car with Parker Smith; motive unknown – leaves behind a child and wife
2 Parker Smith 21 11-27-2017 Fatally shot in car with Andrew Remillard – motive unknown
3 Salim Richards 35 12-2-2017 Cooksey stole Glock 9mm handgun
4 Jesus Real 25 12-11-2017 brother of Cooksey's ex-girlfriend – leaves behind children – murder occurred in Avondale
5 LaTorrie Beckford 29 12-13-2017 Motive unknown
6 Kristopher Cameron 21 12-16-2017 Murder occurred in Glendale – leaves behind a 11 month old son and a second child on the way.
7 Maria Villanueva 43 12-16-2017 Raped by Cooksey – leaves behind 2 daughters
8 Rene Cooksey 56 12-17-2017 Cooksey's mother
9 Edward Nunn 54 12-17-2017 Cooksey's stepfather

Previous convictions

Cleophus Cooksey Jr. had been convicted of manslaughter and armed robbery in 2001 and had been released the previous July. He was one of four men who attempted to rob a topless bar. Although the manager fatally shot one of Cooksey's accomplices and the shooting was deemed self-defense, under Arizona's felony murder law, Cooksey was held culpable because the death occurred during the commission of a crime. Under an agreement, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Related arrests

Phoenix police arrested three women: Desaree Coronado (aged 23) and sisters Griselda and Liliana Vasquez (ages 24 and 26, respectively), on one count each of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. Both are felonies. Coronado was the mother of Jesus Real's child. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count of false reporting to law enforcement. Liliana Vasquez is Cleophus Cooksey Jr.'s ex-girlfriend. Griselda Vasquez ultimately admitted to taking a mobile phone off Real's body. Police say they have evidence that Liliana's car was in the area of two of the murders.

Their bonds were set at $3,000.