Arizona executes killer of real-estate agent
April 29, 1998
Web posted at: 6:21 a.m. EDT (1021 GMT)
PHOENIX (CNN) -- Convicted murderer Arthur Martin Ross was put
to death by lethal injection at 12:03 a.m. (3:03 a.m. EDT) in
the death house at the state prison complex southeast of Phoenix.
The fatal dose killed the 43-year-old three minutes later,
Witnesses reported that Ross had no last words and seemed
ready to accept his fate.
State officials said Ross could have lived at least three
more years had he not declined to pursue his available appeals.
A state panel decided against clemency Friday.
Ross, called a career criminal by prosecutors, was sentenced
to die in 1991 after killing and robbing a 26-year-old Tucson,
Arizona, real estate agent.
Ross is the 11th person to be executed in Arizona since the
state resumed capital punishment following a 29-year absence. He
is the second person in a week to be put to death.
Last Wednesday, a Honduran national died by lethal injection
after last-minute efforts by that country's president and the
Vatican failed. Jose Roberto Villafuerte, 45, was executed for
the 1983 slaying of his girlfriend in a move that sparked
anti-American protests in Honduras.
Reuters contributed to this report.