Ex-police officer set for execution
TaMPa, Fla. — Manuel Pardo was a decorated Florida police officer before he was fired for lying and turned to life as a vigilante, slaying nine people during a threemonth crime spree.
Almost 27 years later, Pardo, 56, is scheduled to be executed Tuesday night. U.S. Judge Timothy Corrigan denied Pardo’s request Monday for a stay.
Most of Pardo’s victims were involved with drugs, officials said, and Pardo contended he was doing the world a favor by killing them.
“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,” the then31-year-old Pardo told jurors at his 1988 trial.
Pardo’s attorneys are trying to block his execu- tion, arguing in federal appeals that he is mentally ill, something his trial attorney believed more than two decades ago.
“I think that anyone who would get up and ask a jury to sentence him to death is insane,” lawyer Ronald Guralnick said recently.
Regino Musa, the brother of one of Pardo’s victims, said it’s difficult to grasp that the execution will finally happen. He and his elderly mother plan to attend.