Arizona court to rule on death row inmate's appeal
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court rules Tuesday on the automatic appeal of a death-row inmate convicted of fatally stabbing his pregnant girlfriend.
Israel Joseph Naranjo, 40, faced two death sentences imposed by a Maricopa county Superior Court jury for the March, 25, 2007 killings of Delia Rivera and her fetus.
Jurors ruled that Naranjo was eligible for the death sentences because he killed an unborn child, had a previous conviction for a serious offense and the murder of Rivera was especially cruel.
The jurors did not find defense arguments for sentencing leniency persuasive.