Manuel Valle Executed After Stay Denied by U.S. Supreme Court

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South Florida cop killer Manuel Valle was executed by lethal injection inside the Florida State Prison at 7:14 p.m. today.

Valle came within minutes of dying earlier in the day, before the U.S. Supreme Court halted the lethal injection for several hours before issuing this decision denying a stay of execution.

The Miami Herald apparently decided to run with a story of Valle dying shortly after the scheduled execution time of 4 p.m., which obviously wasn't true.

Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff says Valle was "calm and compliant" this morning and spent time with the prison chaplain.

Valle's last meal consisted of a fried chicken breast, white rice, garlic toast, peach cobbler, and Coca-Cola.

Rackleff says after Valle's autopsy -- which is ordered under state law -- his family will claim his body.

According to the DOC, Valle, 61, had been locked up at the prison since May 16, 1978, and was the first prisoner executed in Florida under the regime of Gov. Rick Scott.

Before his 1978 conviction and eventual death sentence for killing Coral Gables Officer Louis Pena -- which also included an additional five years for possession of an illegal weapon and 30 years for the attempted murder of another cop -- Valle had served time for two forgery convictions and had another conviction for grand theft of a motor vehicle, according to state prison records.

The last execution by the State of Florida was on February 16, 2010, for Martin Grossman, who was convicted in 1984 at age 19 for killing a state wildlife officer, and Valle was the first person from Miami-Dade County to be executed by the state since 2006.

Valle spent more than 30 years on death row, since being sentenced to die on August 4, 1981, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

The last three inmates executed before Valle all spent more than 23 years on death row, according to FDOC records, and there are currently 396 people on Florida's death row awaiting execution.


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16 comments
Steve
Steve

wonder how many of these folks' victims have been alive the last 30 years? or how many of them have been released on technicalities? I wonder how many have had the time to get a dgree while they were dead, or figure out how to become publicity engineers during their death?

Oooo, wait, I think the number is still 0.  This man wasn't given the death penality-this man was given over 30 years of government supported 'living' which he paid for at the end with his life-the same was the cop he killed did-with his life. I'd hardly call living a tax supported life spent filling petitions, stays, court fees and three hots and a cot worse than the death he inflicted on others.

he lived to be an old man.

Bob Simpson
Bob Simpson

thats just rediculous 30 yrs on the row to finally die? WOW...i mean why didnt they jus commute his sentence to life after that long......ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY!

Bob Simpson
Bob Simpson

thats jus rediculous....30 friggin years? why not jus commute the guys sentence to life since hes been there that long any daggone way?!....too late now i guess!.....down wih the death penalty!

Bob Simpson
Bob Simpson

thats rediculous....30 friggin years then bam!

Dmitrov
Dmitrov

I suppose Gov. Scott's "regime" has the same connotation as Prez Obama's "regime". I'm no Scott fan and no Rush Limbaugh fan but the negative "regime" is being bantered around way too lossely these days. Want to see a real "regime"? Go to Cuba.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Congratulations, Rick. The executioner still has a job.

Salad
Salad

@Bob Simpson you know what is really ridiculous? spelling ridiculous incorrectly, twice.

Salad
Salad

@Bob Simpson you know what is really ridiculous, spelling ridiculous incorrectly.

Scykhal
Scykhal

regime in and of itself is value neutral.  it simply means "authority" or plan of therapy.

nervnicht
nervnicht

That is why Gov Scott signed the warrant on Valle. He desperately needed to improve his approval rating. He just followed the example of the Roman emperors; he simply gave you bred and circuses. The Governor appealed to the baser human instincts in people like you for his political gain. Look at Gov Scotts live career.. does he come across as an emphatic person? He could not care less about the victims family. He used them just like he uses people like you.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

The last study I saw said each Death Row inmate costs the state about $14 million during his incarceration. Multiply 396 times 14 million  to see how much tax money we're all paying so you people with a lynch mob mentality can get your blood lust. Totally stupid, if you ask me. Nobody escapes from maximum security, and it only costs about $25,000 a year to keep them there. I thought Gov. Skeletor wanted to save money.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Err... Except for those 112 people exonerated by the Innocence Project. But fear not, there's plenty more folks to kill to satisfy your barbaric lustful cravings.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

People like me? I was being sarcastic, numb-nuts. Crawl back under your rock.

nervnicht
nervnicht

You need to label your sarcasm!  There are people out there who post things like that for real. Best example is the comment below from Mkbshepler.

greetz from under my rock.. ;-)

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