Ariz. high court to rule on dead man's convictions

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday whether a dead man's multiple convictions from a 2000 mass shooting at a Peoria homeowners' association meeting will stand.

A trial judge earlier this year dismissed the case against death-row inmate Richard Glassel because he had a type of appeal proceeding called post-conviction relief pending when he died.

The judge cited a legal doctrine on criminal cases that are unresolved when the defendant dies.

Victims in Glassel's case want the state high court to overturn the judge's ruling and allow Glassel's convictions to remain intact.

Glassel was sentenced to death on two murder convictions and to hundreds of years in prison on 30 counts of attempted murder.

The 75-year-old Glassel was imprisoned in Florence when he died from apparent natural causes.

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