No. 4104.

125 Ariz. 233 (1980)

609 P.2d 48

STATE of Arizona, Appellee, v. Luis Morine MATA, Appellant.

Supreme Court of Arizona, In Banc.

March 11, 1980.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert K. Corbin, Atty. Gen., William J. Schafer, III, Chief Counsel, Crim. Div., Lynn Hamilton, Asst. Attys. Gen., Phoenix, for appellee.

James Hamilton Kemper, Don Bennett Moon, Phoenix, for appellant.

GORDON, Justice:

Defendant Luis Morine Mata appeals from a conviction and sentence of death for first degree murder. Having jurisdiction pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-4031, we affirm.

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