One less birthday to celebrate
Over 35 years ago, on a summer day in 1978, Lorimer Graves, a 74-year-old Bisbee resident, left his home in his shiny new Cadillac, heading to Everett, Washington to visit his sister. His trip was violently cut short after crossing paths with 36-year old Edward Harold Schad, Jr.
Just over a week later on August 9, 1978, Graves’ badly decomposed body was found hidden in the brush off U.S. Highway 89 south of Prescott. Graves had been strangled to death — the rope still knotted around his neck.
Following the senseless strangling, Schad stole Graves’ Cadillac. About a month later Schad was stopped for speeding in New York state. Police found numerous personal items belonging to Lorimer Graves in the car and arrested Schad.
Schad had a prior conviction punishable by life imprisonment and another involving violence. On September 9th, 1979, Schad was sentenced to death. After a second trial, Schad was resentenced to death on August 29, 1985.
This morning just after 10:00 a.m. his punishment was finally carried out. Edward Harold Schad Jr. was executed at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence, Arizona. He was 71-years old.