Man sentenced to death for killing mom in Arizona

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A former Navy diver who had moved from Phoenix to Hawaii has been sentenced to death for killing his mother in 2005.

Court papers say 45-year-old John Fitzgerald checked a sniper rifle and scope, two Samurai swords and a Glock pistol on a flight from Honolulu to Phoenix.

Then, on April 15, 2005, police say he went to his 74-year-old mother's Sun City West home, stabbed and slashed her with one of the swords, and shot her to death.

Fitzgerald underwent two psychological evaluations and was found incompetent to stand trial both times before he was restored to competency to a point where he could understand the proceedings.

Fitzgerald's attorney called him "delusional" and attempted a defense of guilty but insane, but the jury didn't accept it.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,

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