- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court has denied an appeal of a death-row inmate convicted in a Scottsdale killing in which a robbery victim was bound and his throat slashed.

The justices on Thursday unanimously upheld the death sentence of Shawn Patrick Lynch, one of two men convicted in the 2001 killing and robbery of 27-year-old James Panzarella.

Lynch, co-defendant Michael Sehwani and Panzarella met in a bar and then went to Panzarella’s home, where Panzarella’s brother later found his body bound in a chair.

A pistol was among items stolen from Panzarella’s home, and his credit and debit cards were used for purchases and a cash withdrawal.

Jurors determined that the killing was especially depraved and was committed for monetary gain.

Sehwani is serving a life sentence.

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