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Death sentence upheld for Arizona murder

PHOENIX — The new court ruling upholds an Arizona death-row inmate’s
second death sentence for the murder of a woman who lived in the same Chandler
apartment complex.

The Arizona Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling Friday upholds the death sentence
for Fabio Evelio Gomez in the 1999 killing of Joan Morane.

Police found her bloody and badly beaten body in a trash container at the
complex.

Police looked in the container after Morane was reported missing and officers
saw blood stains in Gomez’s apartment across a landing from the victim’s
apartment.

The state high court overturned Gomez’s first death sentence because he was
made to wear shackles in view of sentencing jurors.

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