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AZ Supreme Court denies motion to stay execution

The Arizona Supreme Court has denied a motion to stay the execution of inmate Jeffrey Landrigan over DNA evidence.

The justices considered an appeal of a trial judge’s refusal to hold a hearing.

Landrigan’s lawyers said the new test results, which found DNA from only the victim Chester Dyer and a person other than Landrigan on certain crime-scene evidence, bolster his claim of innocence.

Prosecutors contend that another person was present at the murder in Dyer’s apartment and the new test results don’t change anything.

The Arizona Supreme Court concluded that the result is the same as the results from other items tested and previous testing and Landrigan has failed to show that the Superior Court erred in its ruling.

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