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Fla. man executed in boy’s rape, murder

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, file photo, death row inmate Juan Carlos Chavez is shown during the first day of hearings at a Miami-Dade County courtroom in Miami. Chavez is scheduled for execution by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014 at Florida State Prison in Starke, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

STARKE, Fla. – A man was executed Wednesday night in Florida for raping and killing a 9-year-old boy 18 years ago, a death that spurred the victim’s parents to press nationwide for stronger sexual predator confinement laws and better handling of child abduction cases.

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

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 the boy got off a school bus Sept. 11, 1995, in rural Miami-Dade County. Testimony showed Chavez raped the boy, shot him when he tried to escape, then dismembered his body and hid the parts in concrete-covered planters.

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