Former police officer Manuel Pardo is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday evening for the murder of nine people in 1986.
According to USA Today, Pardo is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Tuesday night at Florida State Prison. Pardo’s lawyers have filed an appeal saying that their client should not be put to death because he is mentally ill.
Lawyer Ronald Guralnick said: “I think that anyone who would get up and ask a jury sentence him to death is insane.”
According to News Channel 6, Pardo was a respected member of the Florida police force but was eventually fired for lying during a trial. After Pardo was fired he went on a three-month crime spree and ended up killing nine people. Most of Pardo’s victims were involved with drugs, although some were just innocent bystanders, and Pardo argued that he was doing the world a favor by killing his victims.
During his trial Pardo said:
“They’re parasites and they’re leeches, and they have no right to be alive. Somebody had to kill these people.”
Pardo’s lawyers may be trying to stall their client’s execution but Pardo has been waiting for this day for a long time. At the end of his trial in 1988 Pardo pleaded with the jury to quickly send him to death row.
“I am a soldier, I accomplished my mission and I humbly ask you to give me the glory of ending my life and not send me to spend the rest of my days in state prison.”