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Oct 7, 2013 7:19 PM by Associated Press

US court denies appeal by Ariz. death row inmate convicted of killing Bisbee man

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by an Arizona death row inmate scheduled to be executed Wednesday.

A majority of active judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined Monday to rehear an appeal on behalf of Edward Schad and also denied a motion for a stay of execution.

Lawyers for the 71-year-old Schad wanted a larger panel of judges to consider an appeal already turned down by a three-judge panel.

The appeal argued that Schad received ineffective legal representation during his sentencing.

He faces a death sentence for the 1978 killing of 74-year-old Lorimer "Leroy" Grove of Bisbee.

Other appeals filed on behalf of Schad center on the state clemency system and on execution drugs.

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