Ariz. board holds pre-execution hearing for inmate

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency holds a hearing Friday morning in Phoenix on an application from a death row inmate facing an execution scheduled Tuesday.

Jeffrey Landrigan is asking the board to recommend that Gov. Jan Brewer commute his death sentence to life in prison. He's also requesting a reprieve, a temporary delay in the execution.

Only a positive recommendation from the board goes to the governor.

Landrigan faces a death sentence for the 1989 strangulation and stabbing death of Chester Dyer of Phoenix in a killing that authorities attribute to a robbery motive.

Landrigan's lawyers continue their fight in court to block the execution. They're attacking one of the state's execution drugs and citing newly available DNA test results.

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