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SCOTUS Denies Stay in Cook

The US Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution to Arizona double murderer/torturer Daniel Wayne Cook.  No dissent is noted.

Update:  AP reports the execution has been completed.

A summary of the facts of the case by Judge Callahan of the Ninth Circuit follows the jump.
To summarize, at about 6 p.m. on July 19, 1987, Cook suggested to his roommate, John Eugene Matzke, that the two men steal money from Carlos Cruz-Ramos, a co-worker at a local restaurant who recently had moved in with Cook and Matzke. After Cruz-Ramos realized his money was gone, Cook and Matzke tied Cruz-Ramos to a chair and tortured him for six hours. Among other things, Cook and Matzke beat Cruz-Ramos with a metal pipe; burned his chest, stomach, and genitals with cigarettes; and cut his chest with a knife. Cook also raped Cruz-Ramos and stapled Cruz-Ramos's foreskin to a chair. Matzke finally strangled Cruz-Ramos to death with a metal pipe, and the two men put his body in a closet.

At around 2:30 or 3 a.m., Kevin Swaney arrived at Cook and Matzke's
apartment. Swaney was a 16-year-old dishwasher at the restaurant where Cook and Matzke worked. Cook originally told Swaney to go away, but then invited him in. Cook barricaded the door after telling Swaney that he and Matzke had drugs they wanted to get rid of. Cook took Swaney upstairs and showed him Cruz-Ramos's body. When they returned downstairs, Swaney was crying. Cook and Matzke forced Swaney to undress and then gagged him and tied him to a  hair. Matzke told Cook he wanted no part of any torture, and went to the living room and fell asleep. At around 4:30 or 5 a.m., Cook woke Matzke. Swaney remained tied and gagged and was crying. Cook told Matzke they had to kill Swaney because he (Cook) had raped him. Cook then strangled Swaney, and the two men put his body in the closet. Cook and Matzke went to sleep.

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