Federal court declines appeal for Ariz. death row inmate - Los Angeles Local News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Federal court declines appeal for Ariz. death row inmate

Posted: Updated:
Richard Dale Stokley Richard Dale Stokley

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court has declined to have a larger panel of judges consider an Arizona death-row inmate's appeal already turned down under a split ruling by a three-judge panel.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said its judges voted Wednesday against the rehearing request submitted on behalf of Richard Dale Stokley.

The 60-year-old Stokley is scheduled to be executed December 5 for the murders of two teenage girls in rural Cochise County two decades ago.

Stokley's current lawyers argued that he's entitled to new proceedings on his claim that a previous attorney effectively abandoned him by not representing his interests early in the appeals process.

The appeals court on November 15 denied Stokley's request for a hearing with a 2-1 ruling.

Follow this story:

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices