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Condemned inmate seeks new penalty hearing

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 20, 2014 at 7:09 a.m. Updated February 20, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A lawyer for the state is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to reverse a ruling from about two years ago in order to keep a death-row inmate from getting a new sentencing hearing.

Terrick Nooner was sentenced to execution for the 1993 slaying of 22-year-old Scot Stobaugh at a Little Rock laundry. Nooner's attorney, Josh Lee, argued Thursday before the high court that the trial jury indicated on a form that it didn't consider mitigating evidence in the sentencing phase.

In December 2011, the court ordered a new sentencing hearing for Frank Williams for the same reason.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Kelly Fields asked the justices to deny Nooner's request, which would have the effect of reversing the precedent set by the Williams ruling.

The court will rule later.

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DanVan says... February 20, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.

Our son went to school with Scot so we know the story very well. Scot was doing his laundry and not bothering anyone. He was shot for no reason. This guy (Nooner) should not have been around for 20 years. It was a senseless crime. Time to put an end to it. I can't image what Scot's family has been going through.

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