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Appeals court mulls man's bid to delay execution

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By JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court is considering whether to grant a reprieve in an execution scheduled Wednesday for an Arizona man convicted of killing two people nearly 25 years ago.

A lawyer for inmate Joseph Wood urged the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals at a hearing Friday in San Francisco to postpone the execution until the state reveals information about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death.

Wood contends his First Amendment rights were violated by the state's refusal to reveal the drug makers and other details.

An attorney for the state argued Wood has no such right to the information.

Wood is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged girlfriend, Debra Dietz, and her father, Eugene Dietz, in Tucson.

Follow this story: Prosecutors ask Arizona court to order execution

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