Jones executed for Tucson killing spree

2013-10-23T11:00:00Z 2013-10-29T19:10:03Z Jones executed for Tucson killing spreePatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 23, 2013 11:00 am  • 

Robert Glen Jones Jr., who was convicted in the killing of six people in two Tucson robberies, was executed by lethal injection this morning.

Jones offered no apologies and expressed no remorse before the lethal dose was administered. His execution started at 10:35 a.m. at the Arizona State Prison complex in Florence. He was pronounced dead at 10:52 a.m.

"Love and respect my family and friends and I hope my friends are never here," were the last words Jones spoke.

At times Jones even joked with prison staffers who struggled for more than an hour to find viable veins for the to inject with pentobarbital, suggesting he could find the vein himself if his hands were freed.

Jones, 43, was convicted in 1998 of murdering six people in a pair of robberies two weeks apart in 1996. The first happened at a smoke shop and the second at a social club.

Clarence Odell III, 47; and Thomas Hardman, 26, were killed in the Moon Smoke Shop. Arthur “Taco” Bell, 54; Judy Bell, 46; Maribeth Munn, 53; and Carol Lynn Noel, 50, were fatally slain at Firefighter’s Union Hall.

Jones, 43, and Scott Nordstrom were found guilty of the murders. Both were sentenced to die.

A big break in the case came when Nordstrom’s brother, David Nordstrom, contacted police. The brother testified at trial and was sentenced to prison for his role in the crimes.

Scott Nordstrom remains one of 121 people on Arizona's death row.

Following the execution, Carson Noel, the son of victim Carol Lynn Noel, said attending the execution was difficult.

"This is probably the second hardest thing I've had to do," he said. "The first was laying my mom to rest."

He and other family members said the 17 years since the killings was too long to wait to have Jones' sentence carried out.

"We've got one more to go," Carson Noel said in reference to Scott Nordstrom.

An execution date had not been set for Nordstrom.

Jones had no family members in attendance.

It was Arizona's 36th execution since 1992.

Monday's execution was also the second in the state this month. Edward Schad, 71, was executed Oct. 9 for killing a Bisbee man in 1978.

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