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Arizona Supreme Court to rule on appeal of death row inmates

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 13:30:24-04
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Wednesday on the automatic appeal of an inmate facing Arizona death sentences for two killings as well as life terms for two Idaho killings.
 
The Arizona high court will rule on an appeal for Abel Daniel Hidalgo, sentenced to death for the January 2001 contract killing of Phoenix auto-body shop owner Michael Cordova and the killing of upholsterer Jose Rojas, a potential witness.
 
Hidalgo pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and burglary as his trial in the Phoenix killings started. After a penalty-phase trial, a jury gave Hidalgo two death sentences.
 
Hidalgo pleaded guilty federal court in Idaho to the fatal 2002 shootings of two Shoshone-Bannock women, 21-year-old Leigha Tacunan and 42-year-old Margaret Fellows.