PHOENIX—An Arizona prisoner who is scheduled to be executed in three weeks for two 1980 killings will be put to death by lethal injection.
Attorneys for Murray Hooper said Wednesday that he declined to pick a method of execution when corrections officials asked him if he wanted to die by lethal injection or the gas chamber. Lethal injection is Arizona’s default execution method when condemned prisoners refuse to make a selection.
His lawyers declined to comment on the method by which he would be executed on Nov. 16 for the killings of William ‘Pat” Redmond and Redmond’s mother-in-law, Helen Phelps.
There are 111 prisoners on Arizona’s death row and 22 have exhausted their appeals, according to the state attorney general’s office.