Convicted murderer to be executed todayBy Bruce Whetten
Pending a last minute reprieve, convicted murderer Richard Stokley is scheduled to die by lethal injection today in Florence.
Stokley, 60, will be Arizona’s sixth death row inmate to be executed this year.
He was convicted of kidnapping, sexual misconduct with a minor and first degree murder for the July 1991 rape and murder of two Elfrida girls, Mandy Meyers and Mary Snyder, who were each 13 at the time.
According to reports, the two girls were camping with friends in Elfrida when they were taken from their campsite to a remote area where they were raped, beaten and stabbed to death. Their bodies were then thrown into a partly flooded mine shaft.
Stokley's accomplice, Randy Brazeal, then 19, told his father about the murders the next day and surrendered to police. Brazeal told the cops Stokley had forced him to participate in the rapes and murders, although, Stokley maintains his accomplice was a willing participant.
Brazeal accepted a plea deal from the Cochise County Attorney's Office. He admitted guilt to two counts of second degree murder and accepted a sentence of 20 years. He was released from prison in 2011.