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Arizona death row inmate dies in prison

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FLORENCE, Ariz. -

An Arizona inmate who was on death row after being re-convicted in the 2001 murders of his wife and stepchildren has died in prison.

The Arizona Department of Corrections announced Saturday that 64-year-old David Anthony died Friday of apparent natural causes at the Eyman Arizona State Prison Complex.

Anthony was previously found guilty in 2002, but the Arizona Supreme Court overturned that verdict in 2008. The court said the trial judge erred in letting the prosecution argue that Anthony had a motive to kill his family.

Anthony had always insisted he was not guilty of murder.  He was convcited of three counts of first degree murder the following year, though at the time, no bodies had been found.

In 2005, the bodies of Donna, her 14-year-old daughter, and 12-year-old son were found inside barrels that had been burried at a Buckeye construction site.

Despite this, a court overturned the murder convictions and Anthony was granted a new trial this past summer.

In August, a jury once again found him guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and in September he was sentenced to death.

Officials said Anthony was discoverd dead in his cell.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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