Man who died on death row to have case dismissed
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
PHOENIX (AP) - A man who died while awaiting execution for the 2001 murders of his wife and her two children will have his conviction overturned because his mandatory appeals were not complete.
David Lamar Anthony died Friday of natural causes at age 64. The Arizona Republic reports the state Supreme Court issued an order this week noting that when a defendant dies before mandatory appeals are finished the conviction is erased. The court ordered the Maricopa County Superior Court to dismiss the indictment.
Anthony was convicted and sentenced to death in 2004 but his first conviction was thrown out in 2008. He went back to trial this year and was sentenced to death a second time in September.
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