Former Florida cop facing execution loses appeal
Florida Supreme Court rejects appeal of former Sweetwater cap set for execution on Dec. 11
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has denied an appeal from a former South Florida police officer who is facing execution on Dec. 11 for killing nine people in 1986.
The seven justices on Tuesday unanimously ruled against Manuel Pardo Jr.
Pardo's lawyers argued the 56-year-old ex-Sweetwater officer was insane at the time of the killings and incompetent to stand trial.
He confessed to the killings, saying the victims were drug dealers who "have no right to live."
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.
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