PHOENIX — A supervisory assistant federal public defender is asking some
Arizona Board of Executive Clemency members to recuse themselves from the Oct. 2
hearing for death-row inmate Edward Harold Schad Jr.
Kelley J. Henry wrote in a letter Monday that lawyers for Schad believe he
“cannot currently obtain a full and fair clemency hearing.”
The 71-year-old Schad is scheduled to be executed Oct. 9 for the 1978 killing
of a Bisbee man.
Schad’s scheduled execution last March was postponed when the U.S. Supreme
Court denied the state’s request to lift a lower court’s order blocking the
execution. The high court reinstated Schad’s death sentence in June.
Schad was convicted of killing 74-year-old Lorimer “Leroy” Grove, whose body
was found in Yavapai County. He left Bisbee on a trip to Washington state.