Lawyers file motion to prohibit Arizona’s first execution in nearly 8 years

Apr 8, 2022, 8:00 PM

PHOENIX — Lawyers for death row inmate Clarence Dixon have filed a motion to prohibit the state from executing him as scheduled on May 11.

Dixon would be the first death row inmate executed by the state of Arizona since 2014 if the motion fails.

“Arizona’s standard for adjudicating an individual’s competency to be executed conflicts with the federal constitutional standard,” Dixon’s lawyers said in the motion.

He was convicted of killing 21-year-old college student Deana Bowdoin in 1977, two days after he was released without supervision for an unrelated assault charge after being found not guilty due to insanity.

His lawyers state in the motion that Dixon lacks the capacity to understand the reason for his planned execution due to schizophrenia, which deludes his thinking.

“His concept of reality is so impaired that he cannot form a rational understanding of ‘the retributive message society intends to convey with a death sentence,’” lawyers said in the motion.

The memo sent that announced the motion states that he was found incompetent by two court-appointed psychiatrists.

Arizona has 112 prisoners on death row.

The last time Arizona used the death penalty was on a prisoner who was given 15 doses of a two-drug combination over two hours in an execution that his lawyers said had been botched.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Missing 85-year-old man subject of new Silver Alert...

Silver Alert issued for missing 85-year-old man last seen in Scottsdale

The Arizona Department of Public Safety issued a Silver Alert for a missing 85-year-old man who was last seen in Scottsdale.

12 minutes ago

A person cools off amid searing heat in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)...

Use this bill assistance program to avoid expensive AC bills in the Valley this summer

As the summer heat rises, so does your AC bill. Here is a bill assistance program that could help you out during the summer.

2 hours ago

During an earnings call on April 18, 2024, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said engineer...

Arizona wins 4th consecutive Gold Shovel award for economic development

Arizona was named a recipient of a Gold Shovel award by Area Development magazine, the state’s fourth consecutive gold shovel.

2 hours ago

An aerial view of the downtown skyline in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)...

Mesa, Phoenix ranked among best-run US cities, per WalletHub

Mesa and Phoenix both made the top 35 in a list of best-run cities in the nation compiled in a recent study by WalletHub.

2 hours ago

Construction has started on a new $100 million business park called Formation Park 10 on a large si...

Construction starts on business park next to future Buc-ee’s site

Dallas-based Formation Interests has started construction on a 688,000-square-foot business park adjacent to the future Buc-ee's convenience store in Goodyear.

2 hours ago

The woman who struck the 17-year-old in a hit-and-run case was possibly driving a 2008-2012 Chrysle...

Hit-and-run suspect leaves Phoenix teen with broken legs

The hit-and-run left a teenage boy with two broken bones and other injuries.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.


DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Lawyers file motion to prohibit Arizona’s first execution in nearly 8 years