Ariz. court grants request for execution warrant

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday granted state prosecutors' request for an execution warrant for one death row inmate but delayed action on another.

The court without comment ordered the state Department of Corrections to schedule the execution of Robert Glen Jones, who was condemned to die for the fatal shootings of six people during two 1996 armed robberies in Tucson.

Jones, 43, and a co-defendant were found guilty of fatally shooting two people at a Tucson smoke shop in May 1996 and four people at the Tucson Firefighters Association Union Hall the following month.

The state's high court said it was delaying consideration of a separate request for an execution warrant for Edward Schad until Sept. 3.

Schad, 70, was sentenced to death for the 1978 murder of a Bisbee man.

Lawyers for Jones and Schad had asked the Arizona Supreme Court to delay issuing warrants until vacancies on the state Board of Executive Clemency are filled so their clients can get fair hearings.

Arizona has had 33 executions since 1992.

The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated Schad's death sentence in June, clearing the way for the state to press ahead with execution plans.

Schad was convicted of killing 74-year-old Lorimer "Leroy" Grove, who was last seen leaving Bisbee in a Cadillac that was pulling a trailer on his way to visit his sister in Washington state.

Eight days later, Grove's body was found south of Prescott in underbrush off the shoulder of U.S. 89 with a sash-like cord used to strangle him still knotted around his neck.

Authorities said Schad drove Grove's car across the country for a month, used Grove's credit cards and forged a check from the victim's bank account.

Schad's lawyers have said he has more than paid for his murder conviction in Grove's death, and no purpose would be served by his execution.

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