Death-row inmate's case before AZ clemency board

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Samuel Villegas Lopez By Mike Gertzman Samuel Villegas Lopez By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's largely new clemency board on Monday is expected to consider the case of a death-row inmate set for execution next week.
 
But the attorney for Samuel Villegas Lopez has asked the five-member board, which has three new members, to delay the execution and a decision in the matter.
 
Attorney Kelley Henry argues that the new board members should have additional training before considering Lopez's request for mercy.
 
Gov. Jan Brewer overhauled the board last month, replacing two voting members and longtime Chairman Duane Belcher with three new people in what some defense attorneys and anti-death penalty advocates said was a political move.
 
Lopez is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection next Wednesday at the state prison in Florence in what would be the fourth execution in Arizona this year.