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Nevada Inmate On Death Row 34 Years Back In Court In Reno

RENO (AP) — A Nevada inmate on death row for more than 30 years is headed back to court to try to get his execution sentence reduced to life in prison without parole.


A federal appeal court upheld 67-year-old Tracy Petrocelli's 1982 murder conviction two years ago but ruled his rights had been violated during the penalty phase.

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Jury selection for the rehearing of his sentence is scheduled Monday in Washoe District Court in Reno.


Petrocelli was convicted of killing a used car salesman in Reno in 1982 just months after killing his girlfriend in Seattle.


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He's filed multiple appeals since he was sent to death row in 1985.


The appellate court ruled his attorney should have been present when he was interviewed by a psychiatrist who later testified for the prosecution.