Death Row

Robert Moorman Executed For Chopping Up His Adoptive Mother in 1984

Robert Moorman, who sat on Arizona's death row for nearly three decades, was executed today at the state prison in Florence.

Moorman, 63, was originally in prison for a kidnapping conviction out of Coconino County in 1972.

During that prison stint, Moorman was granted a 72-hour "compassionate furlough" from the prison so he could spend time with his adoptive mother.

He ended up chopping her into pieces, flushing her fingers down the toilet, and distributing the rest of her remains into a few dumpsters around Florence.

Moorman was Arizona's longest-serving death row inmate, and none of his many appeals of his death sentence went in his favor.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Moorman's last meal included a double hamburger, french fries, two beef burritos, two 14-ounce containers of rocky road ice cream, and three RC Colas.

Next to get the state's juice is Robert Towery, who was convicted of murdering a man while robbing his home in 1991. He was sentenced to death in 1992.

Towery's execution is scheduled for March 8.

James King contributed to this report.

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