WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court won't stop a new sentencing hearing for a man sentenced to death for the shotgun slaying of a Yuma, Ariz. woman.
The high court on Monday turned down appeals from Arizona officials in Fred Lawrence Robinson's case.
Sterleen Hill was killed when two men claiming to be narcotics officers burst into her Yuma home, tied her up and shot her in the back
Robinson was accused of masterminding the plan.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Robinson's death sentence. Judges said Robinson did not have an effective lawyer and that the courts arbitrarily said the crime was committed in "cruel, heinous or depraved manner."
The case is Ryan v. Robinson, 10-34.