Ariz. death-row inmate seeks mercy

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A death-row inmate scheduled to be executed Thursday is making a last-minute plea with the Arizona Supreme Court to reduce his sentence to 25 years to life in prison.
In a filing Wednesday with the court, Robert Charles Towery's attorneys argue that his partner in crime spent less than a decade in prison, and to put Towery to death would be grossly disproportionate.
Towery has been on death row for nearly 20 years for killing Mark Jones of Scottsdale while robbing his home.
Randy Barker, the other man convicted in the killing, was given a plea deal for testifying against Towery and served just under 10 years in prison on a second-degree murder conviction.
Towery is the one who strangled Jones, but his lawyers say that Barker had the gun, watched the killing and "exhibited extreme indifference to human life."