Arizona court reinstates death sentence for 1993 killing
PHOENIX — An Arizona Supreme Court ruling reinstated a man’s death sentence for a 1993 killing in Phoenix.
The unanimous ruling Monday said a Maricopa County Superior Court judge was incorrect when he ruled that Darrel Peter Pandeli didn’t receive effective legal representation during a re-sentencing.
Pandeli was sentenced to death for the killing of Holly Iller, but his death sentence was thrown out because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a procedural issue that affected a number of death-penalty cases.
Pandeli then was re-sentenced to death, but a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that Pandeli’s lawyers didn’t handle his case adequately.
However, the Arizona Supreme Court ruling concluded otherwise and reinstated Pandeli’s death sentence.
Pandeli also got a 20-year term for a 1991 killing.