Fla. justices set appeal schedule for killer cop

Manuel Pardo Jr. confessed to killing nine people in 1986

Published On: Oct 31 2012 08:53:03 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 01 2012 08:19:50 AM EDT
Florida State Supreme Court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida's Supreme Court has set an appeal schedule for a former South Florida police officer who is set for execution Dec. 11, for killing nine people in 1986.

Manuel Pardo Jr. confessed to the killings, saying the victims were drug dealers who "have no right to live."

Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant for the 56-year-old former Sweetwater police officer on Tuesday.

The high court Wednesday ordered all trial court proceedings, if any, to be completed by noon, Nov. 15. The justices said they will hear oral argument on Dec. 5, if necessary.

Pardo was dubbed the "Death Row Romeo" in the 1990s. He placed lonely-hearts ads in tabloids, carried on torrid correspondence with vulnerable women and then scammed them out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.