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Arizona high court grants execution warrant motion

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court has granted a motion for an execution warrant for a prison inmate who's been on death row since 1985.

There was no immediate word Tuesday from the Arizona Attorney General's Office about an execution date for Edward Harold Schad, 70.

Schad's attorneys asked the state's high court to deny the execution warrant request or at least delay ruling on it.

They said Schad still has a motion for a rehearing of his case before the U.S. Supreme Court and there are questions about the constitutionality of Arizona's lethal injection procedure.

Schad was convicted in the killing of Lorimer "Leroy" Graves, 74, of Bisbee. His strangled body was found south of Prescott in August 1978.

Schad was later arrested in New York, driving the victim's new car.

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