Florida to execute man for rape, murder of girl

Associated PressJuly 10, 2014 

— Florida is scheduled to execute a man Thursday who was convicted of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl in 1994.

The execution of 45-year-old Eddie Wayne Davis was scheduled for 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison, and would be the state's sixth this year.

Davis was convicted in 1995 of kidnapping Kimberly Waters from an ex-girlfriend's home in Lakeland before raping and murdering her, then leaving the girl's body in a trash bin.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied Davis' final appeal Thursday evening, shortly before the execution was scheduled to begin. The court rejected arguments that Davis' clemency hearing was flawed and that he suffers from a rare medical condition that would cause him severe pain during the injection process.

Davis was visited earlier Thursday by his mother and a Catholic spiritual adviser, corrections spokeswoman Jessica Cary said. For his last meal, Davis had chopped steak with onion gravy, home fries, Brussels sprouts, corn, cherry ice cream and a Dr Pepper. Cary described is demeanor as calm.

Davis' execution would be the second in Florida since the lethal injection process came under fresh scrutiny in April, when Oklahoma prison officials stopped the execution of Clayton Lockett. They halted it after noticing the deadly drug mixture was not being administered into his vein properly. Lockett died minutes later of a heart attack.

Florida uses a three-drug mixture to execute prisoners: midazolam hydrochloride, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride.

The drugs are administered intravenously, and are intended to first induce unconsciousness, then paralysis and finally cardiac arrest. Midazolam, a sedative used commonly in surgery, has been part of the three-drug mixture since 2013. Sodium thiopental was used before that, but its U.S. manufacturer stopped making it and Europe banned its manufacturers from exporting it for executions.

Waters' mother died in a 2004 motorcycle crash, but her grandmother Mary Hobbs says she plans to witness Davis' execution to represent her daughter and granddaughter.

"My daughter never lived to see this happen and that just breaks my heart," she told The Associated Press.

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