Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, center, asks a question Wednesday, May 25, 2011 during a hearing in Phoenix on whether to allow the scheduled execution of inmate Donald Beaty to take place on Wednesday or keep a stay in place to give his lawyers time to study the state's last-minute plan to substitute one of three execution drugs. Beaty, was scheduled to die Wednesday by lethal injection for the 1984 rape and murder of a 13-year-old Tempe girl. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)
Donald Beaty is scheduled to die May 25 in the 1984 murder of Christy Ann Fornoff.
Donald Beaty (background) and another man crouch over Tammy Baiter (now Tammy Mershon of Terra Haute, Ind.), who was seriously injured after she was struck by a drunk driver while running across the street in front of Graceland on August 18, 1977, in Memphis, Tenn. to take a picture during a tribute to Elvis Presley two days after Presley died.
Donald E. Beaty - On the evening of May 9, 1984, Christy Ann Fornoff, a 13-year-old news carrier, was collecting from her customers at the Rockpoint Apartments in Tempe. Beaty, who was the apartment custodian, abducted Christy and sexually assaulted and suffocated her in his apartment. Beaty kept the body in his apartment until the morning of May 11, 1984, when he placed it behind the apartment complex's trash dumpster.
Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 2:34 pm
Updated: 4:36 pm, Wed May 25, 2011.
PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers for an Arizona death row inmate are
turning to a federal appeals court in an effort to block his
scheduled execution Wednesday.
The emergency motion filed appeals a federal trial judge's
denial of Donald Beaty's request for an injunction on grounds that
his rights could be violated by a last-minute switch of execution
The appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes after
the federal trial judge, the Arizona Supreme Court and the U.S.
Supreme Court on Wednesday denied various requests made on behalf
He's scheduled to be executed for the 1984 murder of 13-year-old
Christy Ann Fornoff of Tempe.
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