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Arizona court postpones considering death warrant

The Arizona Supreme Court has postponed considering whether to set the execution of a death-row inmate who was temporarily spared from the death penalty last year.

The state’s highest court was set to consider issuing a death warrant for 50-year-old Daniel Wayne Cook on Wednesday.

But the justices postponed the decision until June 12 after granting a request by Cook’s attorneys for more time to submit more filings.

Cook was sentenced to death for killing a Guatemalan immigrant and a teenage boy in 1987 after police say he tortured and raped them for hours in his apartment in Lake Havasu City.

Cook had been scheduled for execution on April 5 of last year, but the U.S. Supreme Court granted him a last-minute stay to consider whether he had ineffective counsel during his post-conviction proceedings.

They since have turned him down.

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