TALLAHASSEE, FL — After a stay of execution was lifted, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has set a new date for the execution of convicted Miami-Dade killer Jose Antonio Jimenez. The governor had previously ordered Jimenez to be put to death in August, but a stay was ordered by Florida’s Supreme Court.
Jimenez is now scheduled to be put to death at 6 p.m. Dec. 13, barring any further stays.
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He was given the death sentence on Dec. 14, 1994 in connection with the Oct. 2, 1994 slaying of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas.
"Neighbors heard the victim screaming during the attack, and attempted to enter her residence through her unlocked front door, but Jimenez slammed the door shut, locked it, and fled out of the rear balcony of the apartment," state officials said. "The victim was still alive when rescue workers arrived on scene, but died of her eight stab wounds shortly thereafter. Fingerprints found inside the victim’s apartment were matched to Jimenez, and he was arrested several days later."
At the time of Minas’ murder, Jimenez was on community control for a felony conviction three months prior to the attack, according to state officials.
In 1994, Jimenez was also convicted of a prior burglary and homicide, in which he robbed and murdered Marie Debas in her apartment in 1990, officials added.
Photo courtesy Florida Department of Corrections