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Arizona in Brief: Coconino County voters to consider judge selection process

Coconino County voters to consider judge selection process

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Voters in a northern Arizona county will decide if five superior court judges are selected through a merit-based system.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports Coconino County supervisors decided Tuesday to ask voters on the November ballot if the judge selection process should change from a partisan election to a merit selection by appointment.

Under the merit-based system, a committee would nominate judge candidates and the governor would make the final selection. Voters would decide if judges should be retained at the end their terms.

The selection committee would include five attorneys and 10 non-lawyers from the county.

Kim Musselman, a special assistant to the county manager, says the supervisors’ decision came after the proposal received support from the Coconino County Bar Association and a focus group of residents.

Police: Suspect sought in fatal shooting of man in apartment

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a suspect is being sought in the fatal shooting of a man in an apartment Tuesday morning.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says the male suspect drove off in a four-door silver vehicle with minor collision damage to its right side.

The incident occurred on the 1700 block of West Mountain View Road near North 19th and West Dunlap avenues.

Additional information was not released.

Car’s driver killed in 3-vehicle wreck on Interstate 10

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a car’s driver was killed when it rear-ended a garbage truck and then was struck by a tractor-trailer rig in a freeway crash on the west side of metro Phoenix early Tuesday.

Authorities say the person killed was the only occupant in the car and that eastbound Interstate 10 fully reopened about three hours after the wreck.

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