Arizona

Aug 7, 2012 1:34 PM

Stay of execution requested for Arizona inmate

PHOENIX (AP) - Lawyers for an Arizona death row inmate have filed a last-ditch appeal asking the state Supreme Court to block his execution scheduled Wednesday.

The appeal filed late Monday on behalf of Daniel Cook and other death-row inmates asks the state high court to rule that the state's injection law is unconstitutional. Lower courts have ruled otherwise.

Cook was sentenced to die for the 1987 strangulation murders in Lake Havasu City of 26-year-old Carlos Cruz-Ramos and 16-year-old Kevin Swaney.

Cook also has an appeal pending with the U.S. Supreme Court based on a claim of ineffective legal representation early in his appeal process.

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