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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The shooting death of a prominent forensic psychiatrist who helped in high-profile homicide cases including serial killings in Phoenix is linked to the killings of two paralegals, said authorities, who tested a possible fourth manslaughter on Saturday.
Police in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale said Friday that the kills Friday of Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49, were someday related to the deadly shootings of one day. Steven Pitt.
Sgt. Ben Hoster would not reveal what brought the three victims together.
"I can not go into the details," Hoster said, citing the ongoing investigation.
On Thursday, witnesses in front of Pitts office heard a loud argument and shots. The Phoenix police have investigated the shooting and previously said they had no information about whether the murder was related to Pitts work.
Sharp and Anderson were both shot dead on Friday afternoon at a law firm. According to the Scottsdale police, one of the women managed to run to a crossroads despite a bullet wound on her head. She was taken to a hospital where she died. Meanwhile, the officials followed a trail of blood to the shop and found the other woman. She was declared dead at the scene for a gunshot wound.
The Scottsdale police received a phone call from a man killed in a shop early Saturday. Hoster did not identify the victim discovered by someone known to him. The killing took place in an office park that mainly houses therapists and counselors.
Hoster said it is not yet known if this death is related to the others.
Pitt, 59, assisted in investigating the death of 6 One-year-old JonBenet Ramsey found dead in her home in Boulder, Colorado.
A decade later, he helped Phoenix police in baseline killer investigation when they sought a man who was later sentenced to kill nine people. 19659015]