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State’s most recent execution marks uptick in carrying out death sentences (access required)

As black curtains were drawn March 29 to cover the corpse of Eric J. King, the 89th person Arizona has executed, three Republican legislators left the death chamber with their support of the ultimate punishment intact, while a fourth still had some reservations.

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