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Arizona court grants request for execution warrant

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday granted state prosecutors' request for an execution warrant for 71-year-old death-row inmate Edward Schad.

Once issued, the warrant will set a date for the execution of Schad. He was sentenced to death for the 1978 murder of a Bisbee man, 74-year-old Lorimer "Leroy" Grove.

The state Supreme Court considered Schad's case last week but postponed action until Tuesday. In the meantime, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied a request for a rehearing for Schad.

Schad's scheduled execution last March was postponed when the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state's request to lift a lower court's order blocking the execution.

The U.S. Supreme Court then reinstated Schad's death sentence in June. That cleared the way for the state to press ahead with execution plans.

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