robert towery

Death Watch Diary: The Last Days of a Death-Row Prisoner

Robert Towery was denied clemency by the state of Arizona on Friday March 2, 2012 and was executed on Thursday March 8th in Florence, Arizona. He was 47 years old.
The last 35 days of his life, Robert was placed on “Death Watch” where his every move was recorded and chronicled by prison officials. Robert kept a diary and he sent his writings to his attorneys. Robert authorized his lawyers to release his diary after his execution.
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In his narrative, Robert picks at the ironies and absurdities of life in prison. He revels in simple pleasures, such as a good meal or a sports event on television. He yearns for the human contact from his last visitors, and he touchingly tries to comfort his pod-mate, who doesn’t really understand that he is going to his death.
As often happens, the man who was executed was not the same man who had committed the crime. Robert had 20 years to think about his crime and once he was free of the drugs and the torment, he became a thoughtful man. Robert apologized to the family of his victim and to his own family both in his clemency hearing and in his last words before his execution.

ARIZONA – Robert Towery was executed

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Towery, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:26 a.m., nine minutes after the lethal-injection procedure began at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Florence.

Towery’s execution came just eight days after Arizona executed another inmate, Robert Moormann, for killing and dismembering his mother 28 years ago.

Wednesday night, Towery was served a last meal of porterhouse steak, baked potato with sour cream, asparagus, mushrooms, clam chowder, milk, Pepsi and apple pie a la mode.

The execution began at 11:17 a.m. Towery looked to his family and attorneys. In his last words, he apologized to his family and to the victims. He talked about bad choices he had made. Then he said, as he appeared to be crying, “I love my family. Potato, potato, potato.”

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Last Meal Request

  •  Porterhouse steak
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Baked potato with butter and sour cream
  • Steamed asparagus
  • Clam chowder
  • Pepsi
  • Milk
  • Apple pie with vanilla ice cream

Supreme Court of United states

No. 11-9089      *** CAPITAL CASE ***
Robert Charles Towery, Petitioner
Charles L. Ryan, Director, Arizona Department of Corrections, et al.
Docketed: March 6, 2012
Linked with 11A840
Lower Ct: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  Case Nos.: (12-15071)
  Decision Date: February 27, 2012
  Rehearing Denied: February 29, 2012
Discretionary Court
  Decision Date: January 10, 2012
~~~Date~~~ ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mar 6 2012 Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due April 5, 2012)
Mar 6 2012 Application (11A840) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Kennedy.
Mar 6 2012 Brief of respondent Charles L. Ryan, Director, Arizona Department of Corrections, et al. in opposition filed.
Mar 6 2012 Response to application from respondent Charles L. Ryan, Director, Arizona Department of Corrections, et al. filed.
Mar 7 2012 Reply of petitioner Robert Charles Towery filed.
Mar 7 2012 Application (11A840) referred to the Court.
Mar 7 2012 Application (11A840) denied by the Court.
Mar 7 2012 Petition DENIED.