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Fla. executes man in boy’s murder

Death row inmate Juan Carlos Chavez, center, in 2005.

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Death row inmate Juan Carlos Chavez, center, in 2005.

STARKE, Fla. — A man was executed Wednesday night in Florida for raping and killing a 9-year-old boy 18 years ago.

Juan Carlos Chavez, 46, was pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m. Wednesday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison, according to Governor Rick Scott’s office.

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Chavez made no final statement in the death chamber, but did submit a statement laced with religious references in writing. He moved his feet frequently after the injection began at 8:02 p.m. but two minutes later stopped moving.

Chavez abducted Jimmy Ryce at gunpoint after he got off a school bus on Sept. 11, 1995, in Miami-Dade County.

Chavez’s latest state and federal court appeals focused on claims that Florida’s lethal injection procedure is unconstitutional, that he didn’t get due process during clemency hearings and that he should have an execution stay to pursue further appeals. The Florida Supreme Court refused Wednesday morning to stay the execution to allow Chavez time to pursue those challenges, and the US Supreme Court followed suit hours later.

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