Untitled Supreme Court upholds two death sentences

Associated Press - February 14, 2008 2:04 PM ET

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld death sentences for a man convicted thanks to DNA in a cold-case investigation and another convicted in the contract killing of a Paradise Valley socialite.

James Cornell Harrod was sentenced to death for the 1988 murder of Jeanne Tovrea. The widow of a cattle baron was shot to death at her home. Authorities alleged Tovrea's stepson was implicated but he was not charged in the case.

Frank Dale McCray was sentenced to death for the 1987 murder of Chestene Cummins. McCray was charged while in prison on a sex crime after his DNA was found to match evidence in the Cummins murder 13 years earlier.

Both men were resentenced in recent years as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an unrelated Arizona case.

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