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Arizona executes man for killing, dismembering mom

By Amanda Lee Myers

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 29 2012 11:20 a.m. MST

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows death-row inmate Robert Henry Moormann. Arizona executed Moormann Wednesday Feb. 29, 2012 for killing and dismembering his adoptive mother while he was out of prison on furlough for another crime, despite a spate of last-minute appeals over his mental disabilities and how the state has changed and violated its own execution protocol.

Arizona Department of Corrections, File, Associated Press

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FLORENCE, Ariz. — Arizona has executed an inmate for killing and dismembering his adoptive mother while he was out of prison on a three-day furlough.

Sixty-three-year-old Robert Henry Moormann was given a lethal injection at a state prison in Florence, despite appeals over his mental disabilities and how the state has changed and violated its own execution protocol.

Moormann beat, stabbed and suffocated Roberta Moormann in 1984 at a Florence motel that's just a minute's drive away from where Wednesday morning's execution took place.

He meticulously dismembered her body and threw the parts in trash bins and sewers throughout the dusty town, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix.

Robert Moormann used his last words to apologize to his family and to the family of 8-year-old girl he kidnapped and molested in 1972.

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