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Apr 4, 2013 5:37 AM by Associated Press

Arizona court to rule on death-row inmate's appeal

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court rules Thursday on an appeal filed on behalf of a death-row inmate convicted of killing a Phoenix police officer in 2007.

Edward James Rose was sentenced to death for the fatal shooting of Officer George Cortez Jr.

The shooting occurred in a check-cashing store where Rose attempted to cash a forged check.

Rose pleaded guilty to all the charges against him, and the Maricopa County Superior Court sentenced him to death.

Jurors concluded there weren't sufficient grounds for leniency and that facts warranting a death sentence included that the victim was a law enforcement officer.

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