Robert Moormann was executed by the State of Arizona for the murder of his mother. According to court documents Robert Moormann was serving a nine year to life prison sentence for kidnapping when he was given a three day furlough. During the furlough Robert Moormann would murder his adopted mother and dismember her body. Robert Moormann would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death. Robert Moormann would be executed by lethal injection on February 29, 2012
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Robert Moormann was in prison in Florence serving a sentence of 9-years to life for kidnapping.
In January of 1984, his adoptive mother Roberta traveled to Florence to see him during a 3-day furlough he was granted. They stayed at the Blue Mist Motel.
On the morning of Friday January 13, Moormann bought a buck knife, a steak knife and some food. He later went to a pizza place where he knew the owner and told the owner that he was on furlough visiting his mother and that she wasn’t feeling well.
Around 9 a.m., Moormann went to the motel desk and told them he didn’t want to be disturbed and asked that the maid not make up the room. He also asked for some disinfectant spray.
Roberta’s friend came by the motel later that day to drop off Roberta’s suitcase, but Moormann told her his mother was already gone, even though the friend saw Roberta’s purse in the room. Moormann asked the friend if she would throw away some garbage bags, but the suspicious friend refused his request.
Moormann continued throughout the day to try to get cooperation in disposing of the garbage bags from the motel owner and the pizza parlor owner saying they were filled with spoiled meat and animal parts. They all refused his request.
The suspicious pizza parlor owner contact Florence police who went to the motel room around 10:30 p.m. that night. They asked Moormann how his mother was, because they had heard that she was ill. Moormann told the police that she was feeling better and had actually left to vosit a woman around 6 p.m. He also told police he was concerned because he hadn’t heard from her since then.
The police ;later watched Moormann’s room; the man came out of the room and told officers that his mother still hadn’t returned and he was concerned because she was on medication.
Still looking to dispose of the body, Moormann contacted a lieutenant at the prison and told him that his cousin had dropped off some dog bones a couple of days earlier and that he needed to get rid of them since his mother was out visiting and that the dumpster at the motel was full.”
The lieutenant agreed to help and brought his truck over to the motel where a box was put in the bed of the truck.
The lieutenant was later contacted by police who told him that Moormann was acting suspiciously and his mother was missing. The lieutenant told them about the box and when they looked inside they saw what looked like human remains.
It was early the next morning when Moormann left the room to use a pay phone that the police moved in under orders not to allow Moormann back into the room. Moormann was asked to stay in the patrol car.
Soon other officers, once they had confirmed the bones were human, arrested Moormann.
After his arrest, Moormann made statements to police indicating an incestuous relationship. He said, “(he) lost his cool” when his mother made him “take his father’s place” and “do things he just couldn’t handle.” However, there was no physical evidence that anything sexual took place that night.
In the room police found blood stained bedding, floors and walls, and “Roberta’s brassiere hanging in the closet with five hundred dollars in cash safety-pinned to it.”
In trash dumpsters near the motel police found the rest of Roberta’s remains.
In Moormann’s prison cell, officials found bizarre writings and a will supposedly from Roberta that left all her assets to Moormann.
Incidentally in the woman’s real will, she had already left her estate to Moorman, but said he was incompetent to handle his affairs and left the money in a trust.