Ex-Police Officer Executed For 1986 Killing Spree

STARKE, Fla. (December 11, 2012)--Florida executed former police officer Manuel Pardo, 56, Tuesday evening for the murders of nine people killed in 1986 during a three-month crime spree.

Jackie Schutz, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott, said officials pronounced Pardo dead at 6:47 p.m. CST Tuesday shortly after the lethal injection process began at Florida State Prison in Starke.

Pardo's crime spree began soon after he was fired from the police department in the small South Florida town of Sweetwater.

He lied to a Bahamian court, saying he was an undercover drug agent in an attempt to free a colleague who was on trial for narcotics smuggling.

The Florida Highway Patrol earlier fired him for falsifying traffic tickets.

Most of his victims were drug dealers he targeted for robbery, but some were innocent witnesses.

At his 1988 trial, he told jurors he was doing society a favor by killing his victims.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeals Tuesday afternoon.

The appeals centered on Pardo's mental health.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections said that Pardo visited with eight people Tuesday and ate a last meal of rice, red beans, roasted pork, plantains, avocado, tomatoes and olive oil.

For dessert, he ate pumpkin pie and drank eggnog and Cuban Coffee.

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