Board denies reprieve for Arizona death-row inmate

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's clemency board has declined to recommend that an inmate's death sentence be delayed or lessened to a term of life in prison.

The decision marks one of the last steps until death-row inmate Richard Lynn Bible can be executed on Thursday at the state prison in Florence.

The clemency board could have recommended that Gov. Jan Brewer delay or stop the execution. But its five board members voted against either action after hearing arguments from Bible's attorney, the state's attorney and family members of the victim.

Bible has been on death row since 1990 after being convicted of kidnapping, molesting and fatally bludgeoning Jennifer Wilson, 9, of Yuma while she was on vacation with her family in Flagstaff.

Bible, who has always maintained his innocence, has been on death row since 1990.