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Arizona Supreme Court orders Oct. 26 execution

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Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 4:30 pm | Updated: 8:41 pm, Wed Sep 22, 2010.

The Arizona Supreme Court is ordering that death row inmate Jeffrey Landrigan be executed on Oct. 26 in what would be Arizona's first execution since 2007.

But a state prosecutor says he's not "overly optimistic" that the Corrections Department will be able to obtain one of the three necessary drugs because of a national shortage.

The Supreme Court issued an execution warrant for Landrigan on Wednesday, one day after the justices granted the state's request for a warrant and denied a request by Landrigan's lawyers to hold off on issuing a warrant.

Landrigan was sentenced to death for the 1989 stabbing and strangulation of Chester Dyer of Phoenix.

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