PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's prisons chief says Wednesday's nearly two-hour execution of a murderer was not botched and the inmate was never in pain. Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan read a statement in which he dismissed what he called a "premature and erroneous conclusion" that it was a botched execution. A review of the execution is still underway.
PHOENIX (AP) - The scorching weather in Phoenix broke a new record yesterday afternoon while the city of Yuma tied its own. The National Weather Service says the mercury in Phoenix hit 116, overtaking the record of 114 which was set on this date in 2006. Yuma tied the day's record, which was last set in 1943, at 117. Meteorologists say temperatures will take a slight downturn by the weekend.
PHOENIX (AP) - A jury in Phoenix has started deliberating in the murder trial of a man charged with fatally shooting a Glendale police officer during a 2007 traffic stop. Bryan Hulsey is charged with murder in the killing of Glendale Officer Anthony Holly. Hulsey's attorneys have denied he killed Holly and instead suggested that Holly was unintentionally shot by the officer who pulled over the vehicle.
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service is joining the manhunt for an inmate who escaped from a central Arizona jail. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Wade Dickinson fled on foot from the Camp Verde Detention Center earlier this month. Dickinson recently was sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison for fraud, drugs and possession of a firearm.
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