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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 drugs.

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 of Beaty.

He's scheduled to be executed for the 1984 murder of 13-year-old Christy Ann Fornoff of Tempe.

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