Cook denied clemency, faces execution Tuesday
The Arizona Executive Clemency Board voted 4 to 1 this morning against recommending a life sentence for death row inmate Daniel Wayne Cook. "We were really happy we got one vote," said Cook's attorney, Robin C. Konrad of the Federal Public Defender's Office.
Unlike last week's hearing regarding Eric J. King, who was executed on Tuesday, the board seemed to listen to pleas to spare Cook's life for a torturous double murder in 1987 in Lake Havasu, Konrad said.
There are two defense motions pending in higher courts, but Konrad said relief is unlikely.
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The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to stay the execution based on a defense motion that Cook's post-conviction appellate attorney was ineffective.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is being asked to rule on the issue of the three-drug mixture that is expected to be used Tuesday to execute Cook, particularly the quality of the anesthetic, sodium thiopental, that the state obtained from a British manufacturer after the U.S. maker ceased production.
Cook's execution is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence.
A.J. Flick is an experienced criminal justice reporter, author of a book to be published next year on notorious Arizona crimes and a member of the steering committee for the Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty.