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Updated Nov 21, 2013 - 10:54 am

Arizona high court rules dead man’s convictions will stand

PHOENIX — A man’s convictions from an Arizona mass shooting will stand
though he had an appeal pending when he died of natural causes.

A trial judge earlier this year dismissed the case against death-row inmate
Richard Glassel because he had a type of appeal proceeding called
post-conviction relief pending when he died. That meant the ultimate resolution
to his case hadn’t been decided.

However, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Glassel’s convictions
remain intact because the state high court had already upheld his convictions
and sentences in Glassel’s initial appeal.

Glassel was sentenced to death on two murder convictions and to hundreds of
years in prison on 30 counts of attempted murder in a 2000 shooting at a
homeowners’ association meeting in Peoria.

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