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US Supreme Court reinstates Arizona inmate's death sentence

Posted at 5:29 PM, Dec 16, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say the U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence for an Arizona prison inmate convicted of killing a man during a 1994 robbery in Yavapai County.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had sided with George Kayer in his claim that his lawyers made a mistake by not presenting some evidence during his sentencing.

The appeals court concluded that Kayer was entitled to a new sentencing trial even though Arizona courts had consistently denied it.

The Supreme Court’s decision Monday reiterates the law that requires federal courts to defer to state court decisions under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act.

There are more than 100 Arizona death row inmates, but the state hasn’t carried out an execution since July 2014.