Florida Man Executed for Killing Police Officer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Florida Man Executed for Killing Police Officer

Starke, FL (AP) - A Florida man convicted of killing a police
officer during a traffic stop 33 years ago has been executed at the
Florida State Prison.

The governor's office said Manuel Valle was pronounced dead at
7:14 p.m. Wednesday. He was the first Florida prisoner to be
executed with a new mix of lethal drugs.

Valle fatally shot Coral Gables officer Louis Pena in 1978. He
also shot fellow officer Gary Spell, who was saved by his
bulletproof vest.

Florida's execution is the latest of a series in the South, including the Sept 21 execution of Troy Davis in Georgia for a policeman's shooting and the Texas execution that day of a white supremacist for a black man's dragging death. Alabama executed a man last week for a 1994 shooting death.


Execution Delayed for Convicted Cop Killer

Starke, FL (AP) - The execution of a Florida man convicted of
shooting a police officer to death during a traffic stop in 1978 is
being delayed while prison officials await an order from the U.S.
Supreme Court.

Sixty-one-year-old Manuel Valle was scheduled to die at 4 p.m.
Wednesday at the Florida State Prison. The governor's office now
says prison authorities are awaiting word from the nation's high

Valle shot officer Louis Pena to death. He also shot officer
Gary Spell, but he was saved by his bulletproof vest.

Valle's lawyers have unsuccessfully argued that a new concoction
of lethal drugs would cause him pain and therefore constitute cruel
and unusual punishment.

The execution was originally scheduled for Aug. 2. It was twice
delayed for appeals that were rejected.


Execution Set for Man Convicted of Killing Officer

Raiford, FL - Florida officials say Manuel Valle is calm and cooperative as he prepares to be executed.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said
Wednesday that Valle had a visit with relatives and asked for a
last meal of fried chicken, white rice, Coca-Cola and peach
cobbler. She said his execution is proceeding as planned.

He had a non-contact visit with seven relatives before a contact
visit with his daughter, a sister and a niece.

Valle is scheduled to be executed at 4 p.m. for fatally shooting
Coral Gables police officer Louis Pena on April 2, 1978.

Valle is the first prisoner to face lethal injection under the
state's new mix of three drugs. He is also the first prisoner to be
executed since Gov. Rick Scott took office.

Valle Files Another Appeal with Florida Supreme Court

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A death row inmate set for execution
Sept. 28 again is appealing to the Florida Supreme Court.

Lawyers provided by the state for Manuel Valle filed the case
Thursday. He was convicted of killing a Coral Gables police officer
33 years ago.

The ttorneys are challenging a law that prohibits them from
representing death row inmates in non-criminal proceedings. They
want to file a federal civil action challenging the state's denial
of clemency proceedings in his case but can't because of the law.

They say that violates Valle's due process and equal protection

The Supreme Court last month lifted a stay of execution after
denying Valle's claim a new lethal injection drug would cause pain.
A federal appeals court then ordered another stay but also now has
lifted it.


Stay of Execution for Death Row Inmate


A death row inmate convicted of killing a Coral Gables police officer 33 years ago has gotten another stay of execution.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Friday ordered at least a two-day postponement to consider an appeal.

Manuel Valle had been set for execution next Tuesday.

The stay will expire at 7 p.m. Thursday unless further extended.

Valle's execution originally was scheduled for Aug. 2, but he was granted a one-month stay by the Florida Supreme Court.

The justices lifted it after rejecting his claim that a new lethal injection drug would cause pain.

Valle's death warrant was the first signed by Gov. Rick Scott since he took office in January.

He was convicted of shooting officer Louis Pena in 1978 after a traffic stop.

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  • by mike Location: tally on Sep 30, 2011 at 03:13 PM
    We should make an assembly line for executions and do one every 5 minutes...and empty all death rows all over the country, and have one for lawyers also.
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Sep 30, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham in only 12 years. He was convicted in 1992 and executed in 2004. Of course, Willingham may have been innocent. Willingham was convicted of the murder of his 3 daughters by arson. Killed were a 2 year old and 1 year old twins.
  • by Susie Q Location: Fl on Sep 29, 2011 at 05:00 PM
    Should have been done 33 years ago. Fire all those freeloading lawyers filing frivilous papers to prolong it and turning in huge bills. I am tired of living on less that I work for and handing it over to the government for the welfare parasites and the criminals housed in the prisons. Make them pay the taxpayers back, when they get out. Shorten the death row time frame. It is a goner for the taxpayers.
  • by a mom on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    Florida needs to start executing at least one every month until death row is cleaned out! I, for one, hate paying my taxes to keep them on death row for 30 years!
  • by truth Location: nf on Sep 29, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    about time why 33 years??
  • by Tommy Location: Crawfordville on Sep 29, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    Blame the system for crule and usual punishment. It took way too long to dispense justice!
  • by Watson on Sep 29, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    Enjoy your lake of fire!!!!
  • by just me Location: monticello on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    about time....all of these death row inmates did not get there for being "good guys/girls"....i do not understand why the powers that be waits soooooo long to carry out these sentences....just me
  • by Vic on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    After 33 years and still no remorse.....
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Sep 29, 2011 at 08:38 AM
    14 states plus DC plus Puerto Rico have no death penalty. None of the states that seceded is among them. Nor are the border states: KY, MD, MO, DE. I assume this is because of the large number of ignorant, white, religious zealots in the South.
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