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Schad executed for 1978 murder

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Lorimer "Leroy" Grove (Source: Yavapai Co Attorney's Office) Lorimer "Leroy" Grove (Source: Yavapai Co Attorney's Office)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona death row inmate Edward Schad was executed today at the state prison in Florence.

Schad appeared relaxed and calm staring at the ceiling. He did joke with medical staff, saying his "veins are good." He glanced at the 18 witnesses in the room including correctional staff, but didn't make eye contact with anyone.

Schad was given a lethal dose of pentobarbital at 10:03 a.m. He was pronounced dead at 10:12.

His last words were, "Well, after 34 years I'm free to fly away home. Thank you, Warden. Those are my last words."

Schad, 71, was convicted of 74-year-old Lorimer "Leroy" Grove of Bisbee nearly 35 years ago during a robbery.

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

For his last meal, Schad ate a meatball sandwich, corn on the cob, cranberry sauce, french fries, apple pie and a vanilla milkshake.

Schad's execution is Arizona's 35th since 1992.

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