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Court battles continue on eve of Arizona execution

Arizona death row inmate Jeffrey Landrigan’s scheduled execution is just a day away as lawyers for the state and Landrigan battle in court filings on whether to stop the execution.

The Arizona Supreme Court has Landrigan’s appeal of a trial judge’s refusal to hold a hearing on newly available DNA evidence in Landrigan’s case. And a federal judge has received new filings on how much information the state must disclose about one of the execution drugs.

Gov. Jan Brewer announced late Sunday she is rejecting the clemency board’s recommendation for a reprieve to temporarily delay the execution scheduled Tuesday at a state prison in Florence.

Landrigan was sentenced to death for the 1989 strangulation and stabbing death of Chester Dyer of Phoenix.

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