The Arizona Supreme Court and a federal court both have refused to stop the
scheduled execution of death row inmate Robert Henry Moormann.
Monday's decision was the 2nd time in 5 days that the Arizona Supreme Court has
denied a stay for Wednesday's pending execution.
The U.S. District Court in Phoenix issued its ruling Monday night and
Moormann's lawyers have appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
The 63-year-old Moormann was sentenced to death for the 1984 killing of his
adoptive mother while on a prison furlough.
Moormann's attorneys claim he was diagnosed in early childhood as being
mentally retarded and therefore the state can't execute him.
They have asked the federal appeals court for a preliminary injunction over
questions regarding Arizona's lethal-injection protocol.
(source: Associated Press)