US high court turns away appeal by Ariz. inmate

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from an Arizona death row inmate who is scheduled to be executed by injection on Oct. 26.

The Supreme Court without comment Monday declined to hear the appeal by Jeffrey Landrigan, whose execution would be Arizona's first since 2007.

The appeal asked the Supreme Court to order Arizona to hold a hearing on the appropriateness of the death penalty for Landrigan in the 1989 killing of Chester Dyer of Phoenix.

Landrigan has acknowledged he was at the scene of the crime the day before Dyer was killed but contends DNA evidence doesn't link him to the crime.

Separately, Landrigan's defense team is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to block the execution because of incomplete DNA testing in the case.

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