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Death Warrant Signed For Fmr. Sweetwater Officer Convicted Of Killing 9

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Manuel Pardo Jr. (Source: www.floridacapitalcases.state.fl.us)

Manuel Pardo Jr. (Source: http://www.floridacapitalcases.state.fl.us)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBS4/AP) — The death warrant has been signed for a former Sweetwater Police officer convicted of nine murders.

On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott gave the go ahead for Manuel Pardo Jr.’s lethal injection. It will take place at Florida State Prison near Raiford on December 11 at 6 p.m.

The 56-year-old Pardo faces the death penalty for nine execution-style murders in 1986. When police arrested him, they found a collection of Nazi memorabilia in his apartment. Pardo, who is a former Sweetwater police officer, confessed to the killings, but said his victims were drug dealers who “have no right to live.”

Pardo was convicted of all nine murders in 1988 and sentenced to death.

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