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Tue, March 19

High court sends death case back for new sentence; Cites shortage of money for mitigation evidence

Phillip Bocharski, of Congress, who received a death sentence in 1997 for the murder of an elderly woman, in May 1995, will return to Yavapai County Superior Court for re-sentencing, by order of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Thomas Zlaket, in his May 3 opinion, said the "lack of adequate funding for mitigation required re-sentencing," meaning that Bocharski's attorneys did not have enough money to defend him properly.


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