Death Row

Robert Moorman, AZ's Longest-Serving Death Row Inmate, Chopped Up Adoptive Mother in 1984 -- and He's Finally Got a Date With Death

After nearly three decades on Death Row, convicted killer Robert Moorman finally has a date with death.

In November, the Arizona Supreme Court issued an execution warrant for Moorman. This morning, the Court set a date: February 29.

Moorman was first sent to prison on a kidnapping conviction out of Coconino County in 1972. While incarcerated, Moorman was granted a "compassionate furlough" from the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence so he could spend time with his adoptive mother.

The two stayed at the Blue Mist Motel across the street from the prison. During the visit, Moorman bound and gagged the woman before strangling and fatally stabbing her.

Moorman then chopped her body up into several pieces and disposed of it in dumpsters throughout Florence.

Twenty-six years later, Moorman still hasn't been executed, making him Arizona's longest serving death row inmate -- and costing taxpayers about $24,000 a year for food and housing alone (what Moorman's cost the state in legal expenses is not included in the $24,000. More on that here).

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James King
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