Justices weighs appeals to block Arizona execution

Richard Dale Stokley

Credit: Arizona Department of Corrections

Richard Dale Stokley

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 4 at 3:25 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing last-minute appeals on behalf of an Arizona death-row inmate scheduled for execution Wednesday.
 
Richard Dale Stokley's lawyers say he's entitled to a new hearing on sentencing evidence. They also say his constitutional rights are being violated because another man convicted in the case has been released after serving 20 years in prison.
 
Prosecutors want the high court to deny the appeals. The prosecutors say the Arizona Supreme Court adequately considered evidence on possible leniency for Stokley. Prosecutors defend the disparity in sentences by saying the other man negotiated a plea agreement.
 
Stokley and another man were convicted of murdering 13-year-olds Mandy Meyers and Mary Snyder in rural Cochise County in 1991.
 

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