Florida death row inmate has execution date set

Oct. 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A Florida death row inmate will be executed next month after Gov. Rick Scott signed his death warrant, the Florida Supreme Court said.

Darius Kimbrough, convicted of rape and murder in 1994 for the 1991 sexual assault and fatal beating of a neighbor, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 6, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday. The governor signed his death warrant Friday.

Police said Kimbrough climbed a ladder to an apartment belonging to Denise Collins, 28, and sneaked in a sliding glass door while she was sleeping. Kimbrough raped Collins in her bed and beat her head against the wall. She died of head injuries the following day.

Prosecutors during Kimbrough's trial argued his actions were particularly heinous. A jury recommended the death penalty 11-1.

He was arrested for Collins' slaying only after he sexually assaulted a different woman through similar means but left fingerprints allowing for his identification and DNA evidence gathered at both crime scenes linked him to the crimes.

Kimbrough, who was 18 when he killed Collins, is now 40, has been on death row for nearly 19 years, the Sentinel said.

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