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Who was last person executed in Arizona?

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  • 60-year-old Richard Dale Stokley was put to death Dec. 5, 2012
  • He was convicted for the 1991 rape and murder of two girls
  • 125 inmates are currently on Arizona death row; 3 are women
Who was last person executed in Arizona?

Will it be life in prison or death for Jodi Arias? On Monday, she'll be back in court and one step closer to finding out. Stay with HLN for complete coverage of her hearing.

If convicted killer Jodi Arias gets the death penalty, it could be decades before the sentence is ever carried out.  

Arizona's most recent execution was that of 60-year-old Richard Dale Stokley on Dec. 5, 2012, by lethal injection. He was convicted in 1992 for the 1991 rape and murder of two teenage girls who were abducted from a July 4 fair.

Stokley and another man, Randy Brazeal, took the girls out into the desert where they were raped, strangled, stomped and stabbed to death. The men took the bodies and threw them into an abandoned mine shaft. The next day, Stokley turned himself in to police.

Despite that confession and conviction, Stokley spent the next 20 years on death row appealing his sentence. In return for a lesser sentence, Brazeal entered a plea agreement saying Stokley was the one who did the actual murders.  

Arizona's state website lists 122 inmates currently on death row. Several of them have been there since the 1980s. Edward Schad, for example, was sentenced to death row on Jan. 2, 1980. His case is still being appealed to various courts this year.   

There are two women on Arizona's death row. Wendi Andriano was put there by Arias prosecutor Juan Martinez. She too claimed self-defense in the 2008 killing of her husband. It came out in court that he had been poisoned and was undergoing debilitating chemotherapy for advanced stage cancer. The prosecution said Andriano killed him for a malpractice settlement.

The second woman, Shawna Forde, was sentenced to death for the 2009 killings of a man and his daughter in their home. Prosecutors said she was the ringleader of a robbery operation that targeted the man because they believed he was a drug dealer. Her defense was based around the idea that she was never in the home. Forde had previously made her name as a member of Arizona's controversial Minutemen movement.

The botched Arizona execution of the notorious Eva Dugan led the state to change from hanging to the gas chamber. In 1992, voters decided to switch yet again to lethal injection.

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