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Supreme Court To Hear Resentencing Bid In Arizona Death Penalty Case

NBC News

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal Wednesday from an Arizona death row inmate who is seeking a sentencing retrial in two 1991 killings. 

James McKinney argues that the horrific physical abuse that he suffered as a child wasn’t fully considered when he was first sentenced.

Attorneys say the decision could affect about 15 other Arizona death row inmates. The state has 104 inmates overall on death row.

A prosecutor says a ruling in McKinney's favor would disrupt the finality that victims' families have gotten through earlier verdicts and would trigger a round of appeals.


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