The 8th Execution of 2012
A man was put to death on March 9, 2012 in Arizona for murdering a philanthropist by injecting him with battery acid and then strangling him, according to The Associated Press.
Robert Towery, who had spent nearly two decades on death row, was executed by lethal injection at the prison complex in Florence, outside Phoenix, authorities said.
Towery was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1991 killing of the 69-year-old area philanthropist, whom he had met previously, during a robbery that turned to murder.
Towery and an accomplice threatened the victim with a weapon and then tied him up while they robbed the house. Towery then injected the victim with battery acid and strangled him, according to prison documents.
The victim's body was found the next day and the two suspects arrested. Towery's accomplice made a plea deal -- in exchange for testifying against Towery, the accomplice served a 10-year sentence and has been released.
The execution the second in 10 days in Arizona.