Arizona death-row inmate Robert Moormann, who is scheduled to be executed
Feb.29, was transported to an unnamed hospital Thursday after falling ill at
the state prison in Florence, his attorney confirmed.
The Arizona Department of Corrections would not provide information -- even to
Moormann's attorneys -- about Moormann's condition, but a department spokesman
said Thursday afternoon that Moormann was still alive.
Moormann, 63, was sentenced to death for the 1984 murder of his adoptive
He has a history of health problems and was hospitalized twice last fall, first
for an appendectomy and later for a quintuple heart bypass.
Arizona prison policy requires death-row inmates facing execution to be kept
alive until the last minute before execution by lethal injection.
The execution protocol requires that a cardiac defibrillator "be readily
available on site in the event that the inmate goes into cardiac arrest at any
time prior to dispensing the chemicals; trained medical staff shall make every
effort to revive the inmate should this occur."
In 1984, Moormann was already imprisoned in Florence when he was granted a
"compassionate furlough" to visit with his adoptive mother at a motel near the
prison. During the visit, he killed her and dismembered her, dumping her body
in garbage cans.
In January, his attorneys argued that Moormann's deteriorating health had
lessened his intellectual functioning to the point where he could not be
(source: Arizona Republic)