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FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona on Wednesday executed its second death row inmate in two weeks, a man convicted of killing six people in Tucson during two armed robberies 17 years ago.
Robert Glen Jones Jr. was given a lethal dose of pentobarbital at 10:35 a.m. MST and was pronounced dead 17 minutes later in the execution chamber at the state prison in Florence.
When the warden asked whether Jones had any last words, he said: “Love and respect my friends and family and hope my friends are never here.”
He never turned his head to look at the witnesses on the other side of a window. Because of limited space in the execution building’s witness room, only 18 of the 22 invited victim relatives were inside.
The two also were charged with stealing at least $1,300 from cash registers.
They were arrested months later after co-defendant Scott Nordstrom’s brother, who was the getaway driver, told authorities about the crimes.
Jones was executed about two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court denied motions for a stay of execution and a rehearing of his case.
Federal public defenders had argued that Jones had ineffective counsel at his 1998 trial and that a now-deceased Pima County prosecutor withheld evidence. They still questioned David Nordstrom’s testimony.
Jones didn’t attend his clemency hearing last week or write a letter to the board. He declined interview requests.
It was Arizona’s 36th execution since 1992 and the second this month. On Oct. 9, the state executed 71-year-old Edward Schad, who was convicted of killing a Bisbee man in 1978.
There are 120 people remaining on Arizona’s death row, including two women.
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