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Arizona court to rule on death row inmate’s appeal

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court rules Wednesday on the appeal of a
death row inmate convicted of murdering a north Phoenix couple who lived next
door to him.

Steven John Parker was sentenced to death for the Sept. 26, 2005 murders of
Wayne and Faye Smith in their home. Wayne Smith died from blunt force trauma to
the head while Faye Smith was fatally stabbed.

Their wallets were missing, and somebody used their credit cards in western
Arizona and California.

Parker was arrested months later after DNA evidence linked him to blood found
in the Smiths’ house. He said he’d cut himself while helping Wayne Smith with
yard work and gone into the house to wash off the blood.

Parker’s defense lawyer argued that someone else killed the Smiths.

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