Quantcast
Home / Home news / Arizona Supreme Court denies review of inmate’s case

Arizona Supreme Court denies review of inmate’s case

This undated photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows death-row inmate Samuel Villegas Lopez. Lopez's attorneys are fighting his upcoming execution, arguing in one filing Tuesday, May 1, 2012 that three newly appointed clemency board members are unprepared to consider his arguments for mercy and in another that the state Department of Corrections is violating his constitutional rights. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)

The Arizona Supreme Court has denied a petition to review the case of a death row inmate set for execution next week.

Lawyers for Samuel Villegas Lopez had asked the state’s high court to review a lower court’s order dismissing his petition for post-conviction relief on March 30.

The state Supreme Court issued its ruling Wednesday without comment. There’s no immediate response from Lopez’s attorneys.

The 49-year-old Lopez is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection May 16 at the state prison in Florence in what would be the fourth execution in Arizona this year.

Lopez was convicted of raping, robbing and stabbing a 59-year-old woman to death in her Phoenix apartment on Oct. 29, 1986, after what court records described as a “terrible and prolonged struggle.”

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

 

x

Check Also

Teachers rallied at the Arizona Capitol on May 2, 2017, after Rep. John Allen said teachers got second jobs to increase their lifestyle and buy boats. Teachers chanted that they wanted a 4 percent raise from the state. (Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times)

Arizona governor gives raises to aides despite lean budget

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has given 44 of his staffers raises of up to 20 percent despite offering teachers raises of less than 1 percent because of a lean budget.