Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Arizona Schedules First Execution Since 2007

The Associated Press is reporting a three year hiatus from executions in Arizona could be ending.

The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a motion by prosecutors for an execution warrant for death row inmate Jeffrey Landrigan, and the court said it will issue a warrant shortly.

However, the Supreme Court also said it will consider delaying the execution if state officials report they cannot get all three drugs to conduct an injection execution. There's been a shortage reported for at least one drug, and the court set an Oct. 1 deadline for a report on availability.

The execution would be Arizona's first since 2007 and follow judges' rulings that upheld Arizona's injection execution method last year.

Landrigan was sentenced to death for a 1989 murder of a Phoenix man.

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