Death sentence for killer of Phoenix prostitute thrown out

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Darrel Pandeli (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections) Darrel Pandeli (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections)
PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has thrown out a death sentence for a man convicted of killing a prostitute in Phoenix more than two decades ago.

In a ruling made last month but released Thursday, Judge Robert Gottsfield says Darrel Pandeli's original attorney was "deficient" in presenting evidence during his original sentencing.

Gottsfield says the jury wasn't told the defendant suffered from a mental illness that affects his brain function.

The judge has ordered a new penalty phase trial.

An Arizona Attorney General's Office spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment Thursday night.

Pandeli was convicted for the 1993 killing of 43-year-old Holly Iler, who was found in an alley with her throat slashed and her breasts cut off.

Since 1996, Pandeli has been sentenced to death twice.

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