Ariz. inmate's convictions, death sentences upheld
PHOENIX (AP) - A unanimous ruling Wednesday by the Arizona Supreme Court upholds the murder convictions and death sentences of a Tucson man for the starvation deaths of his two young children.
Christopher Mathew Payne and his girlfriend starved and abused 3-year-old Ariana Payne and 4-year-old Tyler Payne until they died in September of 2006.
The daughter's body was found in a storage unit after Payne stopped paying rent on the unit. The boy's body wasn't found.
Payne was convicted of first-degree murder, child abuse and concealing a dead body.
Jurors sentenced Payne to death after finding that several circumstances existed to warrant a death sentence.
Those included that the murders were especially cruel, that there was more than one killing and that the victims were younger than 15.
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