Arizona Supreme Court Rules On Change In Part Of Death Penalty Procedure

March 21, 2014

(Screenshot by Julie Levin-KJZZ)
The Arizona Supreme Court justices in December 2013.

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that capital murder defendants will have a right to the pretrial hearing to challenge their fate. The hearing by the grand jury will decide which factors in the case can be given to the trial jury to consider when handing down a death sentence. This decision has come down after the Yavapai County Court denied a capital murder defendant such a hearing.