PHOENIX (AP) -- Barring last-minute action from the U.S. Supreme Court, Arizona intends to execute Edward Schad Wednesday more than 35 years after he was charged with the murder of a Bisbee man.
Schad's lawyers have all but exhausted their appeals. Only two final last-minute efforts at the nation's highest court are still pending.
The 71-year-old told the state's clemency board at a hearing last week that he's accepted his fate and wasn't fearful. But he said he hoped his sentence could be commuted to life in prison so he could "experience some of the green grass outside."
The clemency board declined to recommend to Gov. Jan Brewer that the sentenced be commuted.
Schad faces a death sentence for the 1978 killing of 74-year-old Lorimer "Leroy" Grove of Bisbee.