PHOENIX — A federal appeals court has ordered a trial court to consider
again whether an Arizona death-row inmate’s sentence should be overturned
because of his claims that he received ineffective legal representation.
A trial judge had ruled that David Scott Detrich’s claims couldn’t be
considered, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling Tuesday said the
U.S. Supreme Court changed the legal standard earlier this year.
Detrich was convicted in the 1989 rape and murder of Elizabeth Souter of
Tucson. Her body was dumped in the desert.