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Arizona Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Scottsdale man who killed his children


PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Scottsdale man who killed his two young sons in 2010.

The high court said in a ruling released Wednesday that the trial judge should have allowed testimony about Andre Leteve's (Leh-tah-VAY's) impulsive traits to rebut prosecutors' contention that the crime was premeditated. But the court ruled that the error was harmless because there was overwhelming evidence Leteve planned to kill his 1- and 5-year-old sons at the family's home.

The court also rejected several other arguments made by Leteve's attorney.

A jury convicted him of killing Asher and Alec Leteve by shooting each in the head. He then botched a suicide attempt.

Leteve was a real-estate broker facing financial ruin and divorce when he shot the children.

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