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Arizona's history of executions

A rundown of inmates who were executed in Arizona since 1992

19. Ignacio Alberto Ortiz

Ortiz, 57, was executed by lethal injection in 1999 for killing his ex-lover and trying to murder her three young children. Ortiz became involved in a 1978 affair with a married woman, Manuelita McCormack, but when she went back with her husband, he stabbed and strangled her to death and stabbed her children.

20. Anthony Lee Chaney

Chaney, 45, was executed by lethal injection in 2000 for the murder of Dr. John Jamison, a Flagstaff physician and Coconino County reserve sheriff's deputy, on Labor Day 1982. Attorneys had argued that Chaney suffers from a mental dysfunction that caused him to turn violent when he encountered Jamison.

21. Donald J. Miller

Miller, 36, was executed by lethal injection in 2000 for the June 1992 Tucson slaying in which he helped a friend murder an 18-year-old Tucson woman. He had said he would rather die than remain on death row and asked the Supreme Court to vacate a stay. He apologized to the brother of the victim, Jennifer Geuder, before praying, then dying.

22. Patrick Poland

Poland directed his last words to the families of the men he killed in 1977, then blew a kiss to his girlfriend before he was executed by lethal injection in 2000. He was convicted in the robbery and slaying of armored-van guards Cecil Newkirk and Russel Dempsey. Poland's brother, Michael, who was the mastermind, was executed a few months earlier.

23. Robert Comer

In 2007, Comer died by lethal injection with a steady gaze and a defiant smile on his face as he became the first person to be executed in Arizona since 2000. Comer, 50, shot a Florida man to death and raped and kidnapped a Chicago woman at a campsite northeast of Phoenix in 1987.

24. Jeffrey Landrigan

Landrigan, who had been on Arizona's death row for 20 years for the 1989 murder of Chester Dean Dyer in Phoenix, was executed by lethal injection in 2010. His execution moved relatively quickly after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a temporary restraining order that had been imposed by a U.S. District Court judge in Phoenix and affirmed by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.







Copyright 2012

Arizona's history of executions

A rundown of inmates who were executed in Arizona since 1992

25. Eric John King

King, 47, was executed by lethal injection in March 2011 for murdering two men at a south Phoenix convenience store during a 1987 armed robbery that netted about $73. King, then 26, was partying with a longtime friend when they went to buy wine at a convenience store. Two men were shot: Ronald Barman, 46, the store clerk, and Richard Butts, 61, a security guard.

26. Donald Beaty

An emotional Beaty, 56, used his last words to apologize to the family of his victim, 13-year-old Christy Ann Fornoff, moments before he was put to death by lethal injection in May 2011. His execution had been delayed for most of the day as his defense team tried to challenge the decision to substitute pentobarbital for sodium thiopental in the state's execution-drug formula. Fornoff, a newspaper carrier, was killed in 1984.

27. Richard Bible

In June 1988, Richard Bible snatched 9-year-old Jennifer Wilson from her bicycle as she was riding along a rural road in Flagstaff. He took her to the top of a hill, raped her, killed her with three blows to the head and left her body hidden beneath a pile of branches. Bible, 49, was executed by lethal injection in July 2011 after his final appeals were denied.

28. Thomas West

West, 52, turned down a last meal and decided not to pronounce any last words before he was executed by lethal injection in July 2011. West was convicted of killing Donald Bortle in Tucson after Bortle caught him burglarizing his home in 1987. Relatives, lawyers and psychologists explained that West suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because of physical and sexual abuse as a child.

29. Robert Moorman

Moormann, who killed his mother and chopped her into pieces during a compassionate leave from prison 28 years ago, was put to death by lethal injection in February 2012. It was the first Arizona execution carried out with a single drug instead of a three-drug cocktail. In his last words, he apologized to his family and to his victim in a 1972 abduction and rape.

30. Robert Towery

Towery, 38, was executed by lethal injection in April 2012 for the 1991 murder of a Paradise Valley philanthropist during a robbery. Towery and an accomplice had gone to the home of the victim, Mark Jones, and pretended that they needed to use the phone. They held Jones, 68, at gunpoint and ransacked his house. Then Towery strangled him with zip ties.








Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Arizona executions: Governor remakes clemency board

Brewer replaces three on five-member panel that oversees death sentences


Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 23, 2012 9:21 AM MST

PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer has overhauled Arizona's five-member board that often is the last chance for death-row inmates to seek mercy, a move that comes with the state on pace for one of its busiest years for executions.

The three new members of the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency were confirmed by the Senate this week at Brewer's recommendation and can begin considering cases immediately.

They will have to decide whether to recommend mercy for a death-row inmate who is scheduled to be executed next month -- a lengthy process that involves poring over hundreds of documents and sitting in on a complicated, often emotional, hours-long hearing before they must reach a decision.

The outgoing members have a reputation among prosecutors, defense attorneys and anti-death-penalty advocates for being fair and open-minded, especially its now-former chairman and executive director, Duane Belcher.

Belcher had been on the board since 1992 after first being appointed by then-Gov. Fife Symington, a Republican. He was reappointed in 2003 by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat.

Although Belcher reapplied to the board after his term expired, Belcher said the board's nominating committee declined to interview him.

"I was told that they were going in a different direction and that I'm not included in that," he said.

Belcher said he doesn't know exactly what that means and has been asking himself that question over and over again.

Brewer spokesman Matt Benson said that new board members "can bring fresh insight and fresh blood to a board and that can be valuable."

"Governors have the authority to put individuals on boards and committees -- that's one of the core functions that any governor has, and Gov. Brewer has always tried to appoint individuals that she thinks bring the most experience and best perspective to those positions," he said.

Prosecutors, defense attorneys, family members of murder victims and various others wrote to the nominating committee and Brewer to urge that Belcher be retained.

Patricia Noland, clerk of Pima County Superior Court and a former Republican lawmaker, wrote in her letter that Belcher offered "dedication, expertise and focus."

As a surviving family member of a murder victim herself, Noland also wrote that she appears before the board on a yearly basis for parole hearings for the man convicted in the killing.

"Although these are always trying times for myself and my family, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency, under Mr. Belcher's leadership, has always conducted the hearings in an extremely professional manner, showing the utmost sensitivity and respect to our family, yet giving the inmate their rightful access to consideration by the board," she wrote.

Rick Unklesbay, chief trial counsel for the Pima County Attorney's Office who often goes before the board to argue against inmates seeking mercy, wrote Belcher a note on April 16, saying he was "surprised, shocked, and saddened" when he heard of his departure from the board.

"Your work for the last 20 years has left a mark on this state that will be hard for anyone to equal," Unklesbay wrote. "The integrity, honesty, hard work and thoughtfulness that you brought to the board should set the standard to meet for all those who follow you."

Belcher can only remember the board recommending that an execution be delayed two times, that of Walter Hinze LaGrand in 1999 and that of Jeffrey Landrigan in 2010.

LaGrand's execution proceeded in Arizona's gas chamber after then-Gov. Jane Hull disagreed with the board and allowed him to be put to death. Landrigan's moved forward because Brewer also disagreed with the board.

Some board members have voted to recommend that an inmate's sentence be reduced from the death penalty to life in prison, but they have been in the minority and the executions proceeded.

Belcher's last day as head of the board was Thursday, although he is staying on for a while to help the new members acclimate.

His replacement is Jesse Hernandez, who is the outreach and government affairs director for Republican Rep. David Schweikert and founded the Arizona Latino Republican Association. He wrote on his resume that he also served overseas with the U.S. Army's Military Police Corps.

Hernandez did not return repeated calls and e-mails for comment Friday.

The other two outgoing board members are Marilyn Wilkens and Ellen Kirschbaum, both appointed to the board in 2010 by Brewer. They are replaced by Brian Livingston, executive director of the Arizona Police Association and a former longtime Phoenix police officer, and Melvin Thomas, former warden of a private Arizona prison that houses inmates convicted of drunken driving.

The replacements come as Arizona is on pace to match its busiest year for executions since establishing the death penalty in 1910 and become among the busiest death-penalty states in the nation.

The most inmates Arizona has executed in a given year was seven inmates in 1999.

Arizona has executed two inmates so far this year -- Robert Henry Moormann on Feb. 29 and Robert Charles Towery on March 8.

Thomas Arnold Kemp, 63, is set for execution on Thursday for killing a Tucson college student after robbing him.

Samuel Villegas Lopez, 49, is scheduled to be executed on May 16 for the brutal rape and murder of a Phoenix woman.

The state could schedule three more on top of Lopez's and Kemp's executions this year, putting the state on pace to execute seven men in 2012.

The new clemency board will consider its first death-penalty case on May 7 when Lopez will ask to have his sentence reduced to life in prison or delayed for further legal arguments.

Belcher said he plans to give the new board members his best piece of advice.

"Your vote is your vote," he said. "Don't let your vote or your principles be compromised by politics or any other factors. Vote your conscious and you'll do fine."






Grinning Grim Reaper

Arizona's prisons deadlier than most

by Bob Ortega - The Republic |

At least seven Arizona inmates have been murdered over the past two years, a prison-homicide rate more than double the national average, an Arizona Republic investigation shows.

The killings have occurred amid rising violence behind bars. Between fiscal 2009 and 2011, as the state's prison population rose by less than 6 percent, inmate-on-inmate assaults jumped 90 percent, to 1,478, and assaults on corrections staff rose 18 percent, to 362.

The Republic investigation found two common threads in a majority of the killings: inmates housed with violent cell mates and inmates targeted by groups or gangs.

Among the victims was Eduardo Martinez, 51, who was beaten to death in the Yuma state prison in December, reportedly by the same men who six months earlier had assaulted him at the Florence state prison.

Martinez was serving time for writing bad checks, the result of his addiction to the painkiller Oxycontin, according to his mother, Helen Martinez. She says that her son had told her during his time at the Florence prison that he was being pressured to sell drugs for other inmates and that when he refused, the inmates had assaulted him, breaking his jaw. He thought he would be safe after he was moved to Yuma, but shortly before he was killed, he told Helen that the same men who assaulted him in Florence had been transferred to Yuma, she says.

Echoing the families of several prison-murder victims, Helen Martinez says she has been told little about the murder. "They haven't told me anything. I've asked and asked, and I get no response."

Corrections officials declined to comment on Martinez's death, saying only that they have referred the case to Yuma County for prosecution.

Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan denies the rising murder and assault rates indicate there's a problem with violence in the prison system.

He attributes the increase in assaults, in part, to staffing cuts before he became director in 2009 and to a change in how the department defines them. Ryan says his predecessor recorded assaults only that resulted in injury. The department now records a range of incidents as assaults, from inmates flinging urine or feces at officers through their cell's food slots, to attacks with crude weapons in which inmates or officers are badly injured.

Ryan predicted assault rates will remain the same or decline slightly for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Having more corrections officers will improve safety for inmates and officers, he said.

Arizona's prison-murder rate equates to 8.75 murders per 100,000 inmates, while the national rate is four. (There are about 40,000 inmates in Arizona prisons.)

In at least three inmate murders over the past two years, the victims were killed by their cell mates, according to the department.

Two murders took place in two-man maximum-security cells at Eyman state prison: Jeremy Pompeneo, 25, serving a life term for murder, was killed on May 31, 2011. Nolan Pierce, 23, serving 25.5 years for burglary and armed robbery, was strangled on March 16, according to the Corrections Department.

"I talked to him four days before, and he sounded like everything was fine," said Mackenzie Smith, Pierce's girlfriend. She said the warden at Eyman told her several weeks after Pierce's murder that they had a confession. But neither she nor Pierce's mother has heard anything more, she said. "If the cell mate admitted to murdering him, why is it taking so long for the investigation?" she asked.

Prison officials said they have referred Pierce's and Pompeneo's cases to prosecutors.

The third cell-mate victim was Shannon Palmer, 40, a mentally ill man sentenced to three years in prison for climbing a utility tower during a thunderstorm. He was placed in an isolation cell at the Lewis state prison with a murderer, Jasper Rushing, who later told a PhoenixNew Times reporter that he slit Palmer's throat and castrated him on Sept. 10, 2010, because Palmer wouldn't stop talking.

Ron Ozer, an attorney representing Palmer's family in a wrongful-death suit against the state, said corrections officers should never have put Palmer in a cell with Rushing, nor should they have given Rushing access to the razor blade he used to kill Palmer. "If the Department of Corrections had followed its own policies, this murder would never have taken place," Ozer said.

Margaret Plews, who runs the Arizona Prison Watch website and monitors prison deaths, agreed that corrections officials should not have housed a mentally ill inmate with a murderer.

A corrections spokesman declined to comment on Palmer's death, citing the family's lawsuit against the state. The department has disciplined three officers involved in placing Palmer with Rushing.

Little is known of the circumstances surrounding two prison murders.

Shon Wilder, 33, who was serving nearly 20 years for car theft and extortion, was murdered at Winslow state prison on April 20, according to officials.

James Jennings, 59, who was serving three years for assault, was originally listed as dying of "natural causes" at Eyman in September 2010. Corrections officials now say that Jennings died of "blunt-force trauma" and that the case was "referred to the County Attorney's Office. However, they declined prosecution."

County medical examiners refused to release the autopsy reports in these cases, citing homicide investigations. Family members of the victims couldn't be reached.

The seventh murder acknowledged by the department is that of Dana Seawright, who was found stabbed in his cell at the Lewis state prison on July 8, 2010. While the Corrections Department has not released other details, the inmate's mother, Kini Seawright, says her son, who was Black, was murdered by a Black prison gang because he failed to carry out their order to attack a Mexican inmate.

More murders may have occurred during the two years examined by The Republic, including one described by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office as "extremely suspicious for foul play."

The death of David Moreno, 40, who was serving a life term for murder when he died in his two-man cell at the Lewis state prison on Jan. 12, 2011, is listed as "under investigation." The autopsy report by the medical examiner notes that although Moreno was found hanging in his cell, and his cell mate claimed to be away using the phone at the time, "the cell mate's story was not consistent with the scene findings, and the cell mate had rope-type abrasions over his hands." The report also noted contusions on Moreno's mouth and arms, suggesting he had been hit, a mop and bucket with red fluid found in the unit, and other details that couldn't be explained by a supposed suicide.

Corrections officials declined to comment on the Moreno case.

Fights and assaults on inmates range widely. Daily incident reports obtained by The Republic for May listed, among many other incidents, a fight on May 18 at the Yuma state prison's Dakota unit, involving 75 prisoners. Order was restored in less than 10 minutes, and only one inmate was transported for medical treatment as a result of the incident, according to officials.

On May 8 an inmate at the Douglas prison was stabbed 10 times on his abdomen and arm with a homemade weapon, and an inmate at Florence's Central Unit had to be airlifted with a collapsed lung to a hospital after being stabbed with a 5-inch piece of wire. On May 31, in one of five assaults that day, an inmate at Florence's East Unit had his arm broken by two other inmates. None of the reports explained the attacks.

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If this keeps up Arizona can get rid of the death penalty!  8)
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?


Arizona Prison System, a self cleaning oven.   >:( ;D  No problems that I can see.   >:(

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OK so if you want to fix it single cell every one and never more then one out at a time..Other wise let the gang bangers out in yard and let them have at it..Let the last ones alive Take a week off then they fight untell there is only one left.  Shoot that one in the head.  Other wise I see no problem's....
This was designed to hurt....Its a SEAL Candace unless you have been there yo will never understand...


All the more reason to have the death penalty in Arizona imo
My reason for supporting the death penalty? A murderer has less of a right to live than his victim and already presents a danger while incarcerated for life. They have nothing to lose when the most they can get is Life in prison without parole.

Grinning Grim Reaper

Arizona Prison System, a self cleaning oven.

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Great choice of words!  ;)
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

Grinning Grim Reaper


State could tie executions record in 2012 ---- Pace likely to continue

When prison officials pronounced convicted killer Samuel Lopez dead from a lethal injection at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday, it was the 4th execution in Arizona in the first six months of this year.

At that pace, the state could be on track to match its record of seven executions in a single year, said legal experts.  :)

And with 125 inmates on Arizona's death row and no major legal challenges to slow the rate of executions on the horizon, they said they don't expect to see the numbers start dropping anytime soon.  :)

"This pace may continue for a while," said Andy Silverman, a University of Arizona law professor.  :)

A 5th execution, of convicted murderer Daniel Cook, is currently slated for Aug. 8 and at least two more are possible before the end of the year. There is an outside chance of others, but attorneys familiar with the system said they did not expect those cases to finish moving through the courts until sometime next year.

There have been only 13 executions in the state since 1999, but most of them took place since 2010: 3 in 2000, 1 each in 2007 and 2010, followed by 4 last year and 4 so far this year.

The increase comes as a series of legal challenges that had long stalled executions in the state have been cleared away, opening the door to the increase in executions.  :)

Experts say the biggest legal challenge was Ring v. Arizona. That case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in 2002 that only juries could weigh the aggravating factors that determine whether a convicted criminal in a capital case should get the death penalty. Previously, judges had that power.

The court's decision could have sent scores of death row cases back for resentencing and many cases were put on hold until a later court decision clarified which cases Ring could be applied to.

"Once Ring was resolved, the cases started to move again," said Dale Baich, an assistant federal public defender in Arizona.

"If the trend continues and death sentences are not vacated along the way," executions could continue at a similar pace for some years, Baich said.  :)

Arizona Rep. Cecil P. Ash, R-Mesa, said that would not necessarily be a problem for those of his constituents who believe it can take too long to carry out a death sentence in the state.

While he knows there are death-penalty opponents, he said, "For those that support capital punishment, they feel it takes too long."

The Department of Corrections said that since 1937, an inmate on death row spends an average of 12 years there, but most officials say the number now is closer to 20 years.

"I know my constituents are concerned it takes too long," said Ash, who said he asked the Legislative Council early in his career what could be "done to accelerate the process."

Baich's counterpart is Kent Cattani, chief counsel of criminal appeals for the Arizona Attorney General's Office. While Baich defends death row inmates, Cattani argues for the state.

Cattani said there are currently 49 Arizona death penalty cases pending in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the last stop before the U.S. Supreme Court. 2 of those cases have been affirmed by the appeals court and are awaiting Supreme Court review, but Cattani said it would be "unusual" if the high court agreed to hear those cases.

"From the time the 9th Circuit decision is announced, it's usually about a year till an execution is carried out," Cattani said.

He said he believes 2 cases - those of Richard Stokley and Edward Schad - are far enough along in the process that they could be finished before year's end.

While they can make educated guesses based on the progress of legal proceedings, both Cattani and Baich caution that predicting the number of executions in a given year is an impossible task.

Baich's guess is that "if the trend continues and death sentences are not vacated along the way," executions in Arizona will continue at the current pace for some years to come.  :)

(source: News-Herald)

Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?


Execution date sought for killer
Man murdered Bisbee resident in '78
Nov. 13, 2012 10:17 PM

The Arizona Attorney General's Office has asked that an execution date be set for Arizona death-row prisoner Edward Harold Schad, who killed a Bisbee man in 1978.

Arizona has executed five people this year, and a sixth prisoner, Richard Stokley, is to be put to death Dec. 5. On Tuesday, Stokley sent a letter to the state saying that he did not want a clemency hearing, a death-row prisoner's last chance to have an execution stayed or a sentence commuted.

Schad's case cannot even be considered before the end of the year by the Arizona Supreme Court, which issues death warrants and sets execution dates.

Schad, 70, was convicted twice for the murder of Lorimar Leroy Grove, whose body was found Aug. 9, 1978, just south of Prescott with a cord around his neck. He had been strangled so forcefully that his neck had been squeezed 4 inches smaller in diameter.

According to court records, Grove, 74, had last been seen Aug. 1, 1978, as he drove his new Cadillac, pulling a trailer, from his home in Bisbee, on his way to visit a relative in Washington state. According to the records, he may have had as much as $30,000 with him for the trip.

Schad was arrested in Salt Lake City in early September 1978, in possession of Grove's Cadillac and his credit cards.

The killer had already served time in Utah for second-degree murder. In 1968, an AWOL soldier with whom he was having sadomasochistic sex died of autoerotic strangulation during a tryst, court records show. Schad used the soldier's credit cards to flee to Germany, where he was arrested.

Schad was out of prison in December 1977, when he rented a car in Utah to drive his girlfriend and her children cross-country to New York, Florida and Ohio. He never returned the rental car. Nine months later, on Aug. 3, the rental car was found abandoned in northern Arizona on Arizona 89. Grove's body was found six days later and 135 miles away on the same highway.

The killer took off cross-country again, this time in Grove's car. When he was stopped for speeding in New York, he made up a story about transporting the car for an elderly gentleman and was released with a citation. He drove back to Salt Lake City and confessed to his girlfriend's roommate that he had stolen the car. The roommate turned him in.

Schad was tried in Prescott and sentenced to death, but the conviction was overturned. He was convicted in a second trial and sentenced to death again. On appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in cases where a person is charged with both premeditated and felony first-degree murder (meaning the death occurred during the commission of another crime), jurors do not have to unanimously agree on the theory of death so long as they agree that it was one or the other form of first-degree murder.
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Arizona inmate's death sentence upheld
Friday, December 7, 2012 10:30 am

PHOENIX -- A new court ruling upholds an Arizona death-row inmate's second death sentence for the murder of a woman who lived in the same Chandler apartment complex.

The Arizona Supreme Court's unanimous ruling Friday upholds the death sentence for Fabio Evelio Gomez in the 1999 killing of Joan Morane.
Police found her bloody and badly beaten body in a trash container at the complex.
Police looked in the container after Morane was reported missing and officers saw blood stains in Gomez's apartment across a landing from the victim's apartment.
The state high court overturned Gomez's first death sentence because he was made to wear shackles in view of sentencing jurors.
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Arizona death row inmate dies in prison
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012 4:20 pm | Updated: 2:02 am, Sun Dec 9, 2012.

An Arizona inmate who was on death row after being re-convicted in the 2001 murders of his wife and stepchildren has died in prison.

The Arizona Department of Corrections announced Saturday that 64-year-old David Anthony died Friday night of apparent natural causes at the Eyman Arizona State Prison Complex.

Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux did not provide any further details about Anthony's death.

In September, Anthony was sentenced to death for three counts of first-degree murder after being convicted for the second time of killing Donna Anthony and her two children in the Phoenix area.

Donna Anthony and her two children, Danielle Romero, 14, and Richard Romero, 12, disappeared from their Peoria home on July 7, 2001, the day they were supposed to board a plane for Columbus, Ohio, to visit relatives.

The bodies of all three were found in 2005 in barrels at a Buckeye construction site.

Anthony was first found guilty in 2002 even though the bodies had not been found. The Arizona Supreme Court overturned that verdict in 2008, saying the trial judge erred in letting the prosecution argue that Anthony had a motive to kill his family.

Anthony's health has been declining in recent years, the Arizona Republic reported. He attended the latest trial in a wheelchair and was unable to attend the reading of his guilty verdict in August because he had to be taken to the hospital due to chest pains.
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The almighty has served justice-amen :-*
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Execution warrant sought for Arizona death row inmate

Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:35 PM

Arizona prosecutors are seeking an execution warrant for a prison inmate who's been on death row since 1985 for the murder of a Bisbee man.

The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled to consider the motion on Jan. 8.

Attorneys for 70-year-old Edward Harold Schad say the state's high court should deny the execution warrant request or at least delay ruling on it.

They say Schad still has a motion for a rehearing of his case before the U.S. Supreme Court and there still are questions about the constitutionality of Arizona's lethal injection procedure.

Schad was convicted in the killing of 74-year-old Lorimer "Leroy" Graves, whose strangled body was found south of Prescott on Aug. 9, 1978.

Schad was arrested in New York a month later, driving the victim's new car.
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On death row since '85 and the victim died in '78?- He's long overdue GO ARIZONA >:(no more bullshit
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