Court refuses to clear way for Arizona execution

Court refuses to clear way for Arizona execution

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PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to clear the way for an Arizona death row inmate to be executed Wednesday for killing a man more than 30 years ago during a robbery.

The court denied the state's request to lift a lower-court's order that blocked the execution.

The move by the nation's highest court postpones the execution of 70-year-old Edward Schad, who was convicted of murdering 74-year-old Lorimer "Leroy" Grove of Bisbee in 1978.

Authorities say Schad strangled Grove, drove across the country in Grove's car and used the victim's credit cards.

Schad's execution would mark Arizona's 34th since 1992.

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