Dec. 5 execution warrant for Arizona inmate Richard Dale Stokley

PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court has granted a motion for a warrant of execution for death row inmate Richard Dale Stokley.

The warrant announced Tuesday sets the execution date for Dec. 5.

The 60-year-old Stokley lost an Oct. 1 appeal in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Stokley was convicted in the July 1991 kidnapping, rape and murder of two 13-year-old girls who went missing from a camp-out in Elfrida in southwestern Arizona's Cochise County. Authorities say the girls' bodies were later dumped down a water-filled mineshaft.

Stokley was convicted and sentenced to death in 1992. The Arizona Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and death sentence in 1995.

Stokley's friend, Randy Brazeal, was convicted of second-degree murder in the killings. He was released from prison last year.