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Manuel Pardo was sentenced to death after being convicted in 1988 of nine counts of first-degree murder
(CNN) -- A former police officer convicted of multiple murders in the 1980s was executed Tuesday night in Florida.
Manuel Pardo, 56, was pronounced dead at 7:47 p.m. EST at the Florida State Prison in Starke, according to Ann Howard, spokeswoman with the Florida Department of Corrections.
His last meal consisted of red beans and rice, roasted pork chops, plantains, avocado and tomato slices with olive oil, eggnog and pumpkin pie, she said.
Pardo was sentenced to death after being convicted in 1988 of nine counts of first-degree murder.
His attorneys had argued that Florida's recent change in the drug combination it uses for lethal injections would violate their client's civil rights. A judge denied the complaint.
In another legal filing, the Supreme Court of Florida denied Pardo's argument that he should have never been tried because he was incompetent to stand trial. David Waksman, who prosecuted the case, dismissed the claim, saying, "He was just a cold-blooded killer who used to be a cop."
Pardo's life started on the other side of the law, according to court documents filed by his attorneys. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served honorably from 1974 to 1978. In 1981, Pardo re-enlisted in the Marines and remained a reservist while he worked for the Florida Highway Patrol and the Sweetwater Police Department.
In 1985, Pardo was fired from the police department and left the reserves when, according to court documents, "he falsely testified in court about police corruption in the Bahamas." His attorney said the stress of losing his job, compounded with a serious undiagnosed disease, turned him into "someone he was not," a killer.
During his trial, Pardo took the stand and admitted to the murders. "He came up with this vigilante story," recalls Waksman. "He said, 'I'm ridding the community of this vermin and technically it is not murder because they're not human beings.'"
Originally posted by boymonkey74
Bit creepy because I have just started watching Dexter tonight.
Oh and you just told me the ending grrrrr lol
edit on 12-12-2012 by boymonkey74 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by GogoVicMorrow
I dig the show even though it doesn't make sense.
I don't think a true sociopath could live by a code. At some point their urge/want to do something outside the code would overwhelm them because there is no conscience.
The only way Dexter works is if he really does have some sort of conscience and his father was wrong about him in the first place and actually made a serial killer out of a kid.
So, what did they do to him for killing those that killed others?
Originally posted by boymonkey74
reply to post by Ben81
Yeah in a civilized society he is a bad guy but if he stopped people killing others by killing them..yup tricky.
Originally posted by kosmicjack
That pic! Totally freaky....
Kerazy! What is it with FL?
Originally posted by ldyserenity
Worse show ever ( next to Walking Dead and Breaking Bad), I can't beleive people actually watch it and pay for the channel that runs the show. It's horrendous. Killing is wrong no matter who you kill, even in the case of killing somone in jail under the state's order. The only time it isn't wrong is when it's to defend your life if it is in immediate danger. That's a fact.edit on 12-12-2012 by ldyserenity because: clarifyedit on 12-12-2012 by ldyserenity because: add