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Supreme Court asked to block Arizona execution

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By PAUL DAVENPORT
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Attorneys for an Arizona death-row inmate have filed a second appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block his scheduled execution Wednesday.
 
The new appeal argues it would violate Richard Dale Stokley's constitutional rights to be executed when a second man with equal or greater responsibility for the same crimes was only sentenced to prison and already is a free man.
 
Another appeal filed earlier Friday argues that lower courts unfairly denied Stokley a hearing on potential evidence for possible leniency in sentencing.
 
Stokley was sentenced to death for the 1991 killings of two 13-year-old girls in rural Cochise County.

Stokley was sentenced to death for the 1991 murders in rural Cochise County of two 13-year-old girls - Mandy Meyers and Mary Snyder.

Another man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killings. He has been released after serving 20 years in prison.

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