Arizona Executes Killer, Age 71; ‘I’m Free to Fly Away Home’


Arizona executed its oldest person on death row Wednesday, nearly 35 years after he was charged with murdering a Bisbee man during a robbery and dumping his body along a highway, reports the Associated Press. The execution of 71-year-old Edward Harold Schad Jr. came about two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeals. Asked by a warden at the state prison in Florence if he had anything to say, Schad responded, “Well, after 34 years, I'm free to fly away home. Thank you, warden. Those are my last words.”

He lay quietly and looked at the ceiling as he was given a lethal dose of pentobarbital through IV needles in both arms. He then took a long, deep breath and exhaled. He was pronounced dead at 10:12 a.m. Schad was sentenced to death for killing Lorimer “Leroy” Grove, whose body was found Aug. 9, 1978, in underbrush off U.S. 89 south of Prescott. Schad was arrested several weeks later. Authorities say he had driven the victim’s Cadillac across the country, used Grove's credit cards and forged a check from Grove's bank account.

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