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Arizona Supreme again upholds death sentence in 1991 killing

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Posted at 7:08 AM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 09:08:59-05

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court has again upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of first-degree murder for one of two killings during a 1991 series of Phoenix-area burglaries.

The state Supreme Court's ruling Monday says that mitigating evidence supporting leniency for Charles Michael Hedlund didn't outweigh aggravating evidence supporting a death sentence.

The justices had previously upheld Hedlund's death sentence but the sentence was overturned by a federal appeals court in a ruling that prompted the state high court to review Hedlund's sentence again.

The justices in September upheld two death sentences for James Erin McKinney, Hedllund's half-brother and co-defendant, in the killings of Christine Mertens and Jim McClain in 1996.