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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