• Darius Kimbrough executed for killing Orlando woman in 1991


    STARKE, Fla - A man convicted of killing and sexually assaulting an aspiring artist in Orlando was executed on Tuesday, making him Florida's 81st execution since 1976.

    Darius Kimbrough, 40, was executed by lethal injection shortly after 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison.

    Kimbrough was convicted in the 1991 slaying of Denise Collins. The 28-year-old woman was attacked in her Orlando apartment while she was sleeping.

    Kimbrough climbed through the second-floor sliding glass door and raped and beat the aspiring artist to death.

    Officials said Tuesday that Kimbrough's chaplain and family members visited him and that he was in a calm state of mind.

    "He asked for two slices of pizza, fried green tomato, fried chicken, chicken gizzards, chocolate chip ice cream and fruit punch," said Jessica Cary of the Florida Department of Corrections.

    Kimbrough had been on death row for nearly 20 years and has fought the sentence every step of the way, claiming he's innocent.

    In October, the state Supreme Court denied Kimbrough's appeal, rejecting the argument from Kimbrough's lawyers that he shouldn't be executed because the jury recommendation wasn't unanimous. The jury's decision for execution was 11-1.

    There were also concerns raised that the jury pool was tainted and DNA evidence wasn't solid.

    In a letter delivered last week to the Supreme Court, Kimbrough raised several concerns about his death sentence, including being the second to be given the new, controversial drug midazolam during lethal injection.

    It was first administered nationwide in Florida last month, but seven death row inmates have filed a lawsuit claiming midazolam puts them at risk for severe pain.

    Kimbrough also claimed he didn't get a fair trial.

    The court denied any and all requests and appeals on behalf of Kimbrough and his attorney.

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