Ariz. death-row inmate asks for mercy, apologizes

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 4:52 AM
Ariz. death-row inmate asks for mercy, apologizes

A clemency board will consider whether to recommend delaying or stopping the execution of an Arizona death-row inmate convicted of killing two men after raping and torturing them for hours in Lake Havasu City in 1987.

Daniel Wayne Cook is scheduled for execution on Tuesday.

His lawyers plan to argue before the state clemency board Thursday that their client should be given a lift term instead. They say he suffered from extreme physical and sexual abuse during childhood, and only recently was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and brain dysfunction.

Cook himself wrote to the clemency board this month, saying he is "so very sorry" for the murders, apologizing to the victims' families, and asking for a life sentence.

Cook was convicted in the 1987 killings of 16-year-old Kevin Swaney and 26-year-old Carlos Cruz-Ramos.