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State asked to stay execution of man who killed mother

Lawyers for death row inmate Robert Henry Moormann have asked the Arizona Supreme Court to stay his scheduled Feb. 29 execution.

In a 21-page motion filed Tuesday, Moormann’s attorneys say he was diagnosed in early childhood as being mentally retarded and the state can’t execute him because of that fact.

The 63-year-old Moormann was sentenced to death for the 1984 death of his adoptive mother while on a prison furlough.

Moormann was serving a prison term of nine years to life for kidnapping when the state let him out on three-day “compassionate furlough” to visit his adoptive mother at a Florence motel.

Authorities say Moormann beat, stabbed and suffocated the woman before meticulously dismembering her body.

Moormann’s attorneys used an insanity defense, but a jury convicted him of first-degree murder.

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