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PHOENIX -- An Arizona death-row inmate has lost an appeal that argued that he didn't have effective legal representation during his sentencing in a Maricopa County murder case in which a man was set on fire.

The 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled that the lawyer representing Eldon Schurz did present the trial court with evidence that might support sentencing leniency, so Schurz cannot show his rights were violated.

Schurz was sentenced to death for setting another man on fire with gasoline after the other man objected to Schurz stealing beer from a group of people.

The sentencing judge ruled that the 1989 killing of Jonathan Bahe "was especially heinous and depraved."

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