No. CR-77-4104-AP/PC [4101].

185 Ariz. 319 (1996)

916 P.2d 1035

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

Supreme Court of Arizona, En Banc.

May 9, 1996.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Grant Woods by Paul J. McMurdie, Chief Counsel, Criminal Appeals Section, Crane McClennen, Assistant Attorney General and Jack Roberts, Assistant Attorney General, Phoenix, for Appellee.

Stompoly, Stroud, Giddings & Glicksman, P.C. by Elliot A. Glicksman, David L. Horley, Tucson and Arizona Capital Representation Project by Denise I. Young, Tempe, for Appellant.

Brown & Bain by Michael W. Patten and Charles C. Van Cott, Phoenix, for Amicus Curiae Jose Jesus Ceja.

MOELLER, Justice.


In 1977, defendant Luis Mata was convicted of the first degree murder of Debra Lopez and sentenced to death. After protracted litigation in state and federal courts, this court issued a warrant scheduling Mata's execution for July 12, 1995. On June 23, 1995, Mata moved this court to stay the execution. Although the motion presented numerous arguments, the court concluded that only two of the legal questions...

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