PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona is on pace to match its busiest year for executions since establishing the death penalty in 1910, The Associated Press has determined.
The state has carried out two executions so far this year, with two more cases up for consideration next week before the Arizona Supreme Court.
Three other inmates are nearing the end of their appeals and also will likely be scheduled to be executed this year.
That would be seven executions for 2012, which would match the seven inmates that Arizona executed in 1999, the highest of any year.
Texas leads the nation in executions just about every year, and last year put 13 inmates to death. In comparison, Arizona executed four inmates last year.
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