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US Supreme Court rejects appeal by Arizona inmate

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in which an Arizona inmate facing a scheduled execution Wednesday challenged the death penalty.

The justices on Monday turned away without comment the appeal filed by Donald Beaty in March.

Beaty has another appeal pending with the U.S. Supreme Court — one filed last week by his attorneys on claims of ineffective legal representation early in his decades-long case.

His lawyers also are asking the state Supreme Court to withdraw his death warrant because justices of the state high court recently toured death row and met with prison officials to discuss execution scheduling and protocols.

Beaty was sentenced to death after being convicted in the murder of a 13-year-old newspaper carrier, Christy Ann Fornoff of Tempe.

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