Man who raped, killed Fla. boy to be executed

February 12, 2014
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, file photo, death row inmate Juan Carlos Chavez is shown during the first day of hearings at a Miami-Dade County courtroom in Miami. Chavez is scheduled for execution by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014 at Florida State Prison in Starke, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Last-minute appeals have temporarily delayed the planned Florida execution of a man sentenced to die for the rape and murder of a 9-year-old boy 18 years ago.

Forty-six-year-old Juan Carlos Chavez was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday at Florida State Prison in Starke. But a 6 p.m. execution time passed while officials awaited a final ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Chavez has raised legal challenges to Florida's method of lethal injection, among other claims.

Chavez abducted Jimmy Ryce at gunpoint after he got off a school bus on Sept. 11, 1995, in Miami-Dade County. Trial testimony showed Chavez raped the boy and shot him.

Ryce's death prompted changes in the U.S. legal system regarding civil commitment of dangerous child predators.