State prison inmate dead of apparent suicide

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a death row inmate at the state prison in Florence is dead of an apparent suicide.

Arizona Department of Corrections officials say 48-year-old Gregory Dickens was pronounced dead Monday at the state prison-Eyman complex.

They say the death is being investigated with the Pinal County Medical Examiner's Office

Dickens was sentenced of Yuma County on charges of first- degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

He had been on death row since Dec. 17, 1993.

Authorities say Dickens and an accomplice laid in wait at a rest stop on Interstate 8 near Yuma for potential robbery victims on Sept. 10, 1991.

A man and woman eventually drove into the rest stop, were robbed at gunpoint and shot.

The man gave details to authorities before dying.

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