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Execution date set for AZ killer

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The Arizona Supreme Court has granted a motion for a warrant of execution for death row inmate Richard Dale Stokley.

The warrant announced Tuesday sets the execution date for Dec. 5.

Stokley was convicted in the July 1991 kidnapping, rape and murder of two 13-year-old girls who went missing from a campout in Elfrida in southwestern Arizona's Cochise County. Authorities say the girls' bodies were later dumped down a water-filled mineshaft.

Stokley was convicted and sentenced to death in 1992. The Arizona Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and death sentence in 1995.

Stokley's friend, Randy Brazeal, was convicted of second-degree murder in the killings. He was released from prison last year.

The 60-year-old Stokley lost an Oct. 1 appeal in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

He is currently being held at Eyman prison complex in Florence.

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