Juan Carlos Chavez
CBS4’s Gary Nelson witnessed the execution of the Jimmy Ryce’s killer on Wednesday night.
Juan Carlos Chavez, the man who raped, murdered, and then dismembered the body of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce received the state of Florida’s ultimate punishment Wednesday when he was executed.
As Juan Carlos Chavez, the convicted killer of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce, awaits his 6 p.m. scheduled execution at Florida State Prison, he has a detailed schedule that he will follow Wednesday morning and afternoon.
As the family of Jimmy Ryce wait for the execution of his killer, Juan Carlos Chavez, a special prayer service was held by the Archdiocese of Miami at St. Martha’s Catholic Church for both the Ryce family and the convicted killer.
“It’s been a long, long time coming,” said the father of Jimmy Ryce, upon learning that Wednesday, February 12th is the day the man who kidnapped, raped, murdered and dismembered his 9-year-old son, will be put to death.
The convicted killer of Jimmy Ryce was denied a stay of execution by the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. It’s one of the final appeals left for Juan Carlos Chavez before his scheduled execution on Wednesday evening.
The kidnapping, rape and murder of Jimmy Ryce, 18-years-ago, shook South Florida to its core but on Wednesday, the man convicted of the horrific crime is set to be executed on Florida’s death row.
Juan Carlos Chavez, the sadistic killer of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce is set for execution on February 12th. One of the things we’ll be waiting to see is if Chavez will express any sort of remorse. We hear from Jimmy’s father Don, and his brother Ted. And Jim hosts a reporter roundtable with CBS4’s Eliott Rodriguez and Gary Nelson who will be in Starke when Chavez meets his executioner.
This week, the man convicted in the rape and murder of 9-year old Jimmy Ryce is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection. Jimmy’s father, Don Ryce, said the death of Juan Carlos Chavez will finally bring some measure of justice.
The South Dade man convicted of killing Jimmy Ryce in 1995 has filed an appeal with the United States Supreme Court to stay his execution, which is currently scheduled for next Wednesday.