AZ Executes Oldest Inmate; Involved in 1978 Killing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona has executed the oldest person on its death row for killing a man in 1978.

Seventy-one-year-old Edward Harold Schad Jr. was given a lethal dose of the pentobarbital and was pronounced dead at 10:12 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Florence.

Schad was convicted twice of killing 74-year-old Lorimer "Leroy" Grove of Bisbee, in southeastern Arizona.

Grove was last seen leaving Bisbee pulling a trailer with his new Cadillac on the way to visit his sister in Washington state. He was found dead with a rope knotted around his neck on Aug. 9, 1978, south of Prescott.

Schad's execution was Arizona's 35th since 1992. His death leaves 121 people on the death row in the state, including two women.

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