Havasu execution appeal rejected

AP- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of an Arizona inmate whose execution was stayed last year. Daniel Wayne Cook was scheduled to be executed April 5, 2011, for killing a man and a teenage boy in 1987 in Lake Havasu City. But the day before, the high court stayed the execution until it ruled on Cook’s claims of ineffective counsel during post-conviction proceedings.

Last week, justices ruled in the case of another Arizona inmate convicted of sexual conduct with a minor in 2002. Attorneys for both sides will likely argue whether that opinion applies to Cook’s case before a new execution date is set.

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