Florida executes man for 1994 rape, murder of girl

Jessica Carey, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Corrections, center, speaks to the media at the Florida State Prison near Starke, Fla., only hours before the execution of Eddie Wayne Davis, who abducted 11-yr-old Kimberly Waters and murdered her March 3, 1994 in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

STARKE, Fla. - Florida has executed a man for the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl.

Eddie Wayne Davis was executed by lethal injection Thursday evening. It was the state's sixth execution this year.

The 45-year-old Davis was convicted in 1995 of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery in the slaying of Kimberly Waters, the daughter of a woman Davis had dated briefly.

According to court documents, Davis broke into his ex-girlfriend's trailer seeking money for beer, found Waters sleeping and raped her. Prosecutors say he then took her to a nearby lodge where he beat her and suffocated her with a piece of plastic.