Capital punishment in Arizona
In 1973, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia, the Arizona State Legislature enacted A.R.S. § 13–454, setting forth the state's procedures for death penalty cases. The statute provided for a separate sentencing hearing to be held before the trial court, rather than a jury, and enumerated six aggravating circumstances that could be considered in deciding whether to impose a death sentence. Between 1978 and 1993, the Legislature codified four additional aggravating circumstances.
The following aggravating circumstances constitute capital murder in the State of Arizona:
- prior conviction for which a sentence of life imprisonment or death was imposable;
- prior serious offense involving the use or threat of violence;
- grave risk of death to others;
- procurement of murder by payment or promise of payment;
- commission of murder for pecuniary gain;
- murder committed in an especially heinous, cruel, or depraved manner;
- murder committed while in custody;
- multiple homicides;
- murder of a victim under 15 years of age or of a victim 70 years of age or older; and
- murder of a law enforcement officer.
Method of execution
The method of execution employed in Arizona is lethal injection. However, if convicted for a crime committed prior to November 23, 1992, the inmate may choose between lethal gas or lethal injection.
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