Brutal killer Robert Moorman, who sat on death row for nearly three decade,s was executed by lethal injection Thursday at Arizona State Prison in Florence.
Moorman, 63, was originally in prison for a kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in 1972. He was granted a 72-hour "compassionate furlough" from the prison to spend time with his adoptive mother, Roberta Moorman, on January 13, 1984, when he brutally murdered her.
Moorman stabbed and suffocated his 74-year-old adoptive mother just five minutes drive away from the prison at the Blue Mist Hotel. He chopped her up into pieces, cutting off her head, legs and arms, and then halved her torso and flushed her fingers down the toilet.
Moorman than went to a number of business in the area and asked if he could dispose of spoiled meat and animal guts in their dumpsters, throwing out other body parts in trash cans and sewers.
He was arrested when he asked a corrections officer to throw out what he said were dog bones.
His last words were to his mothers' family.
"I hope this will bring closure and start the healing now and I hope they will forgive me in time," he said.
Former Florence Police Chief Tom Rankin witnessed the execution. He worked the case back in 1984, and the execution was closure for him: "I was thinking that it was finally over and he gets what he deserves," Rankin told Fox News.
The Arizona Department of Corrections divulged that Moorman's final meal was a double hamburger, french fries, two beef burritos, three RC Colas, two 14-ounce containers of rocky road ice cream.
His priest, who talked to Moorman before he was executed, and did not condone the death penalty, and said that Moorman was "grateful" for the years they had together to work on his spiritual growth.