Robert Charles Towery was executed by the state of Arizona on March 8, 2012. Robert was pronounced dead at 11:26 am MST, inside the Central Unit at the Arizona State Prison Complex - Florence in Florence, Arizona. Robert was 47 years of age. He was executed for the robbery and murder of 68-years-old Mark Jones on September 4, 1991, in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Robert had an accomplice for the crime, Randy Barker, who was released from prison in 2001. Robert spent the last 20 years of his life on Arizona’s death row.
Robert had a difficult and sad childhood. He began drinking at the age of six. The same age that he was first raped by a male neighbor and was injured by a stray bullet. By the age of 12, his mother made his steal to help support his family. His mother would also beat him as a child and threw him out of the house at the age of 15. By the age of 17, Robert was addicted to many drugs including, methamphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, angel dust, cocaine, and LSD. Prior to his arrest, Robert ran his own mechanic business, of whom Mark was a client. Mark had previously lent Robert money and business advice. Robert had previously been arrested and served time for running a chop shop.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Mark Jones. Please pray for the family of Robert Towery.