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Arizona death-row inmate execution set for May 25

The Arizona Supreme Court has issued an execution warrant for a man who has been on death row since 1985 for raping and suffocating a 13-year-old girl in Tempe.

The high court on Tuesday scheduled 56-year-old Donald Edward Beaty’s execution for May 25 at the state prison in Florence.

Beaty’s attorneys had argued that the court shouldn’t order his execution because of lingering questions about a controversial lethal injection drug.

They argued that the sedative sodium thiopental was illegally obtained and unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The state Department of Corrections hasn’t decided whether Beaty will be executed with a three-drug method that includes sodium thiopental or a different protocol.

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