An Arizona death-row inmate died Monday in an apparent suicide, state Department of Corrections officials said.
Gregory Dickens, 48, was pronounced dead after lifesaving measures failed, according to a news release.
Dickens was sentenced to death for his part in a double murder near Yuma in 1991. But, last week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that, under a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, he was entitled to a new hearing in U.S. District Court to determine whether his first appeals attorney had been ineffective.
He was also the lead plaintiff in a 2009 federal lawsuit that challenged the state’s methods of carrying out executions by lethal injection.