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Feb 27, 2013 8:14 AM

Death-row inmate faces clemency hearing

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona death-row inmate convicted of killing a man more than 33 years ago during a robbery is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday before the state's clemency board.

The hearing at the state prison in Florence for 70-year-old Edward Harold Schad will come a week before his execution, which is scheduled for March 6. Schad was convicted of killing 74-year-old Lorimer "Leroy" Grove, of Bisbee, in August 1978.

Clemency board members can recommend to Gov. Jan Brewer that Schad's sentence be reduced to life in prison, delayed for a valid reason or that it should proceed as planned.

The execution of Schad would mark Arizona's 34th since 1992. Richard Dale Stokley, convicted of murdering two 13-year-old girls in Cochise County during 1991, was put to death on Dec. 5 in Arizona's most recent execution.

Grove 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, his body was found south of Prescott in underbrush off the shoulder of U.S. 89. A sash-like chord that had been used to strangle Grove was still knotted around his neck when the body was discovered.

Authorities say 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.

About a month after the killing, Grove was arrested in Salt Lake City after his girlfriend's roommate told police that the Cadillac was stolen. Schad told police that he had gotten the car four weeks before in Virginia from a man who wanted to temporarily trade vehicles.

Nearly a week before the body was found, authorities had found a car that Grove had rented. Inside the car, authorities found a special mirror device invented by Grove to connect his trailer to his Cadillac.

Schad was convicted in October 1979 of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, but the conviction was overturned on the grounds that the trial judge improperly instructed the jury. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in a 1985 retrial.

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