PHOENIX — Arizona prosecutors are seeking an execution warrant for a
prison inmate who’s been on death row since 1985 for the murder of a Bisbee man.
The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled to consider the motion on Jan. 8.
Attorneys for 70-year-old Edward Harold Schad say the state’s high court should
deny the execution warrant request or at least delay ruling on it.
They say Schad still has a motion for a rehearing of his case before the U.S.
Supreme Court and there still are questions about the constitutionality of
Arizona’s lethal injection procedure.
Schad was convicted in the killing of 74-year-old Lorimer “Leroy” Graves,
whose strangled body was found south of Prescott on Aug. 9, 1978.
Schad was arrested in New York a month later, driving the victim’s new car.