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PHOENIX -- Arizona has executed five inmates so far this year. A sixth execution is scheduled for Dec. 5.
If that happens as planned, the state will be one execution shy of its record set in 1999. That year the Grand Canyon State executed seven inmates.
If Arizona ties that record this year, it could become the second-busiest death-penalty state after Texas.
There was a period of three decades -- April 1962 to April 1992 -- during which no executions were performed in Arizona. During that time, the Legislature rewrote Arizona's law to comply with a 1972 Supreme Court ruling in Furman v. Georgia, which dealt with how the death penalty is applied.
Since the death penalty's reinstatement in 1979, the Grand Canyon State has executed 33 inmates, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
The Arizona Department of corrections website lists 125 inmates, three of them women, on Arizona's death row.
Arizona inmates executed in 2012
- Daniel Wayne Cook -- Executed on Aug. 7
- Samuel Villegas Lopez -- Executed on June 26
- Thomas Arnold Kemp Jr. -- Executed on April 24
- Robert Towery -- Executed on March 8
- Robert Moorman -- Executed on Feb. 29