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Court upholds death sentences for former border activist

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The Arizona Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the murder convictions and death sentences of a former border activist for the shooting deaths of a southern Arizona man and his 9-year-old daughter in 2009.

Shawna Forde was convicted in 2011 of first-degree murder for killing 29-year-old Raul Flores and Brisenia Flores in Arivaca during a home invasion.

Forde listed 17 constitutional claims she knew were previously rejected by the court, but she wanted to preserve for federal view.

Authorities said Forde had planned the invasion and robbery of the Flores home which she believed drugs, weapons and money were stashed. The Supreme Court's ruling refers to Raul Flores as a reputed drug dealer.

Prosecutors said Forde intended to use the money from the home invasion to fund a border-watch group.

Forde also received various prison terms on other convictions, including one for attempted first-degree murder of Flores' wife.

The court ordered her sentences for armed robbery and aggravated robbery to run concurrently.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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