Clemency hearing set for Arizona death-row inmate

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The state's clemency board on Wednesday holds a hearing for death-row inmate Robert Glen Jones Jr.

He's scheduled to be executed Oct. 23 for fatally shooting six people in Tucson in 1996.

Attorneys for the 44-year-old Jones want the board to recommend to Gov. Jan Brewer that his sentence be commuted to life in prison.

They say Jones' 1998 convictions hinged on the testimony of the getaway driver, who later "cut a deal" with prosecutors and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Jones and a co-defendant were convicted of killing two people at a Tucson smoke shop in May 1996 and four others at a firefighters union hall the following month in another armed robbery.

Jones' execution would be Arizona's 36th since 1992 and second this month.

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