Oct 7, 2013 7:19 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by an Arizona death row inmate scheduled to be executed Wednesday.
A majority of active judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined Monday to rehear an appeal on behalf of Edward Schad and also denied a motion for a stay of execution.
Lawyers for the 71-year-old Schad wanted a larger panel of judges to consider an appeal already turned down by a three-judge panel.
The appeal argued that Schad received ineffective legal representation during his sentencing.
He faces a death sentence for the 1978 killing of 74-year-old Lorimer "Leroy" Grove of Bisbee.
Other appeals filed on behalf of Schad center on the state clemency system and on execution drugs.