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Arizona Supreme Court asked to stay execution

Arizona Supreme Court asked to stay execution

CREATED Feb 21, 2012

Web Producer: Laura Kittell

PHOENIX (AP) - Lawyers for death row inmate Robert Henry Moormann have asked the Arizona Supreme Court to stay his scheduled Feb. 29 execution.
   
In a 21-page motion filed Tuesday, Moormann's attorneys say he was diagnosed in early childhood as being mentally retarded and the state can't execute him because of that fact.
   
The 63-year-old Moormann was sentenced to death for the 1984 death of his adoptive mother while on a prison furlough.
   
Moormann was serving a prison term of nine years to life for kidnapping when the state let him out on three-day "compassionate furlough" to visit his adoptive mother at a Florence motel.
   
Authorities say Moormann beat, stabbed and suffocated the woman before meticulously dismembering her body.
   
Moormann's attorneys used an insanity defense, but a jury convicted him of first-degree murder.

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