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Cook execution stayed by Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to Daniel Wayne Cook on Monday.

Cook's legal team has argued that his post-conviction attorneys were ineffective.

The stay was granted by Justice Anthony Kennedy. The full court must agree to hear the case to extend the stay.

Cook's death warrant runs from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 10 a.m. Wednesday. He could still be executed in that period at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence if the court denies to hear his appeal before the execution order expires.

Cook was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the tortuous 1987 killings of Kevin Swaney, 16, and Carlos Cruz-Ramos, 26, in Lake Havasu City.

The 49-year-old was denied clemency last week when a state board voted 4-1 against recommending a life sentence.

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Daniel Wayne Cook, Inmate 069007, was scheduled to be put to death Tuesday after 23 years on death row.