Arizona high court refuses to erase death sentence for Ruben Garza

PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court is refusing to erase the death sentence of a man convicted of two killings.

Attorneys for Ruben Garza had asked that his death sentence be erased in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on determining whether somebody who claims mental disability can be executed.

The ruling in a Florida case said states must look beyond an intelligence test score in borderline cases of mental disability,
The state high court announced its order Wednesday without comment.

Garza was sentenced to death in the 1999 killing of a man who shared a Waddell home with his fiancee and with the estranged wife of Garza's uncle.

Garza was sentenced to life in prison in the killing of the uncle's estranged wife.

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