— For a man sentenced to death in the state of Arizona, it’s been a tumultuous time.
The state Supreme Court upheld his conviction, though, on Monday.
The decision, while not unanimous, gave him a chance to appeal.
His attorneys appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which said the state had a duty to provide him with adequate information.
That ruling is now on hold.
A federal judge in Phoenix blocked the state from executing the sentence of David Sweat, who was sentenced to die for the murder of a woman he killed on New Year’s Eve.
The judge also rejected an appeal from Sweat’s attorneys to the full Supreme Court.
After his execution, the state issued a statement calling Sweat “a man who has committed no crime” and a “man of good character and character who has demonstrated that he is a model of virtue and a good citizen.”
The Arizona Supreme Court ruling was made after a three-day hearing on Monday, where the state also had to explain how it could keep Sweat in prison for more than two years after his release.
The U.N. Human Rights Council called the execution a “grave violation of his human rights” and “inhumane.”
“The execution of a prisoner for life for no reason other than to spare his life is an affront to humanity and, indeed, of humanity,” the council said in a statement.