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Florida Execution

Suzie Schottelkotte reports for the Ledger in Lakeland, Florida:

Eddie Wayne Davis was put to death this evening for the murder of 11-year-old Kimberly Ann Waters in Lakeland in 1994.

Davis was executed at Florida State Prison by injection. He was declared dead at 6:43 p.m.

Davis, 45, was convicted in 1995 of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery in the slaying of Kimberly, the daughter of a woman Davis had dated briefly.

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His DNA was found inside her and her blood was on his boot.

Davis had dated the girl's mother, who had left her two daughters at home alone that March night while she worked a double shift at a Lakeland nursing home.

Davis told police he broke into the Waters home about 2 a.m. and pulled Kimberly from her mother's bed, where she had been sleeping. He took the girl to his mobile home, which was just over the back fence, and raped her, according to court records. He gagged her and forced her to walk to the parking lot of a nearby Moose Lodge, where he raped her again, hit her several times, suffocated her and threw her body in a trash bin.

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Kimberly's mother passionately battled against her daughter's killer for nearly a decade until 2004, when she lost her life in a motorcycle accident in Lakeland at the age of 42. After that, Kimberly's grandmother, Mary Hobbs of Brooksville, and Crystal Waters took up the fight.

"Does he deserve to die? You bet your bottom dollar he does," Hobbs said in November. "This scum has torn our family to pieces. Kimberly was such a sweet little child, and she didn't deserve this."

See also this article yesterday by the same reporter on the victim and her family.

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