This undated photo shows Jose Antonio Jimenez, 55, who was executed Thursday. (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP)
A man convicted of viciously stabbing a woman to death during a South Florida burglary 26 years ago was executed on Thursday evening.
Jose Antonio Jimenez, 55, was put to death by lethal injection and pronounced dead on 9:48 pm in Florida State Prison in Starke. The performance was in the first instance for 6 hours, but was delayed by a last-minute stay request to the Supreme court of the V. S., which was refused.
Jimenez declined to make any last statements, the Miami Herald reported.
Jimenez was convicted for the 1992 death of Phyllis Minas, 63, during a burglary at her Miami apartment. The authorities said that he was in the middle of burglarizing the residence when Minas came home. She was stabbed eight times.
“Mr. Jimenez has indicated that there is no remorse or repentance for his crime,” Minas cousin Alan ee said in a written statement released by the Florida Department of Corrections, after the execution. “His execution will allow the closure of a painful reminder of the cruel murder … My family is hoping he has peace with himself and the power that he may or may not believe. We pray for his soul and feel that justice is rightly served.”
During Jimenez the week-long trial in 1994, neighbors said they heard her screaming during the attack and tried to enter the apartment, but someone had locked the door.
Fingerprints in the apartment matched Jimenez, the prosecutor said, and a custodian said he saw Jimenez jump from the balcony of Minas”, on the second floor.
Jimenez is the lawyer argued the evidence against him was indirect.
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In a number of unsuccessful appeals over the years, Jimenez and his lawyers said the detectives gave “false, or, at best, misleading testimony.” They also wanted a number of major police reports had been lost.
The petition to the Supreme court for an execution stay to the court to consider whether Florida’s lethal injection protocol is cruel and unusual punishment and violates the Eighth Amendment.
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After Gov. Rick Scott signed off on the lethal injection for Jimenez, the Florida Supreme Court issued a stay in order to take account of Jimenez’s claims, including its refusal of access to the public registers, that the state of the drug protocol can hurt him and that it is cruel to execute him after 23 years on death row.
In October, the court rejected the claims and lifted the order.
Jimenez was the fifth killer executed since Florida added a drug for its lethal cocktails. In 2017, the state included etomidate — a drug intended to induce unconsciousness during executions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.