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Former US cop to be executed

Starke, Florida -

A former Florida police officer is scheduled to be executed for the murder of nine people 26 years ago.

File picture: Execution chamber. Credit: AP

The execution by lethal injection for 56-year-old Manuel Pardo is set for 23.00 GMT on Tuesday at Florida State Prison. US Judge Timothy Corrigan denied Pardo's request for a stay on Monday.

Officials said most of Pardo's victims were involved with drugs. Pardo contended he was doing the world a favour by killing them in 1986.

Pardo's attorneys are trying to block his execution. They are arguing in federal appeals court that he is mentally ill, something his trial attorney believed more than two decades ago.

Pardo was dubbed the “Death Row Romeo” after he corresponded with dozens of women and persuaded many to send him money. - Sapa-AP

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