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Justices reject appeal of Ryce’s killer

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court rejected another appeal Thursday from a Cuban immigrant sentenced to death for murdering 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce, namesake of a state law that keeps dangerous sexual predators in custody after they finish their prison terms.

The justices ruled 6-0 against Juan Carlos Chavez, 42, on eight separate claims in his appeal.

Jimmy was kidnapped at gunpoint in rural Miami-Dade County after getting off a school bus and then raped and fatally shot 14 years ago.

Under Florida’s Jimmy Ryce Act, sexual predators still deemed a danger to the community can be confined at a civil commitment facility in Arcadia upon completing their sentences.

The state’s high court previously upheld Chavez’s murder conviction and death sentence on direct appeal.

3 found dead in south Miami home

MIAMI — Police say three people have been found shot and killed inside a south Miami home.

Miami-Dade police said officers were responding to a call of shots fired inside a residence Wednesday night. They arrived at the home to find the front door partly open.

Officers discovered the bodies of two men and a woman while conducting a security sweep upon arrival.

Police said Thursday that 31-year-old Jason Rios, 17-year-old Ricardo Rios and 23-year-old Lourys Torres were identified as the victims. Authorities say the two men are brothers, and Torres was dating Jason Rios.

Twins die in central fire, 2 others injured

PINE LAKES — Authorities say a toddler pulled from a central Florida mobile home that caught fire and killed his twin also has died.

Fire officials say an 18-month-old boy died Wednesday afternoon at the scene in Lake County. Authorities said Thursday that his twin died hours later at a hospital.

Two others were injured in the fire. A 57-year-old woman was taken by helicopter to a hospital in critical condition, and a 32-year-old woman was transported by ambulance.

Toddler left in car dies in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE — Authorities say a child left unattended in a car has died in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department reports that emergency crews found the 2-year-old child dead at the scene Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office reports that the child’s baby sitter had returned from a shopping trip around 1:30 p.m. with the child, another toddler and her own two teens. She realized two hours later that the child was missing and found him in the car. Authorities say she brought him inside and tried CPR.

— Herald wire reports

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