Ariz. court grants request for execution warrant
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday granted state prosecutors' request for an execution warrant for one death row inmate but delayed action on another.
The court without comment ordered the state Department of Corrections to schedule the execution of Robert Glen Jones, who was condemned to die for the fatal shootings of six people during two 1996 armed robberies in Tucson.
Jones, 43, and a co-defendant were found guilty of fatally shooting two people at a Tucson smoke shop in May 1996 and four people at the Tucson Firefighters Association Union Hall the following month.
The state's high court said it was delaying consideration of a separate request for an execution warrant for Edward Schad until Sept. 3.
Schad, 70, was sentenced to death for the 1978 murder of a Bisbee man.
Lawyers for Jones and Schad had asked the Arizona Supreme Court to delay issuing warrants until vacancies on the state Board of Executive Clemency are filled so their clients can get fair hearings.