Today's Miami Herald reports, "Ex-Sweetwater cop executed by lethal injection at 7:47 p.m." It's by David Ovalle and Anna Edgerton.
Twenty-four years after he urged a jury to give him a “glorious” death, Miami serial killer Manuel Pardo shut his eyes, yawned and fell into an eternal slumber, but not before delivering a final, defiant homage to his military past.
“Airborne forever,” the former U.S. Navy veteran said, adding an ode to his daughter: “I love you, Michi baby.”
And so the former Sweetwater cop, who shot and killed nine people during a series of robberies of mostly drug dealers in 1986, was executed by lethal injection, pronounced dead at 7:47 p.m. Tuesday at Florida State Prison.
It was the 43rd and final execution in an American death penalty state this year. There have been a total of 1,320 post-Furman executions since 1977. Florida has executed 74 men and women since 1979, including three executions this year.
Related posts are in the execution index.