SCOTT SIGNS DEATH WARRANT FOR CHILD KILLER

By  //  June 4, 2014

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Sexually Battered, Murdered 11-year old

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Gov. Rick Scott on Monday scheduled a July 10 execution for a Death Row inmate convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering an 11-year girl in 1994 in Polk County.

Rick Scott

Rick Scott

Scott signed a death warrant for Eddie Wayne Davis, now 45, an inmate at Union Correctional Institution.

Davis was convicted of kidnapping 11-year-old Kimberly Waters, sexually assaulting and strangling her and leaving her body in a dumpster. Davis was a former boyfriend of Waters’ mother.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF OFFENSE:

Davis was living in a house with Beverly Shultz and her two daughters, Crystal and Kimberly.

On the evening of March 3, 1994, 11-year-old Kimberly was asleep in her mother’s bed, when she was awakened by Davis. Davis put his hand over her mouth and led her to the living room, where he gagged her with a rag so she could not yell.

Scott signed a death warrant for Eddie Wayne Davis, now 45, an inmate at Union Correctional Institution. Davis was convicted of kidnapping 11-year-old Kimberly Waters, sexually assaulting and strangling her and leaving her body in a dumpster. Davis was a former boyfriend of Waters’ mother. (State of Florida image)

Scott signed a death warrant for Eddie Wayne Davis, now 45, an inmate at Union Correctional Institution. Davis was convicted of kidnapping 11-year-old Kimberly Waters, sexually assaulting and strangling her and leaving her body in a dumpster. Davis was a former boyfriend of Waters’ mother. (State of Florida image)

Davis and Kimberly jumped a fence and went in to the adjacent trailer park where Davis formerly lived. While in Davis’ trailer, he attempted to insert his penis into her vagina, and when this failed, he inserted two fingers.

Davis then took Kimberly to the nearby Moose Lodge, where he struck her several times and then placed a piece of plastic over her mouth. Kimberly struggled and ripped the plastic, but Davis held it over her mouth and nose until she stopped moving. He then disposed of the body in a dumpster and left.

Kimberly’s body was found on the afternoon of the March 4, 1994. The body had numerous bruises, the area between the vagina and anus had been lacerated, and the cause of death was determined to be strangulation.

Prior Incarceration History in the State of Florida:

At the time of the offense, Davis was on control release supervision, which the trial court and FSC determined to be analogous to imprisonment. The trial court and the FSC found this to be an aggravating circumstance at the penalty phase of the trial.

Davis had an extensive criminal record at the time of the offense.

Trial Summary:

On May 7, 1994, Indicted As Follows:

• Count I First-Degree Murder
• Count II Burglary with Assault
• Count III Kidnapping of a Child Under 13
• Count IV Sexual Battery of a Child Under 12

June 1, 1995: Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment
June 9, 1995: Jury recommended a death sentence by a vote of 12-0

June 30, 1995, Sentenced as follows:

• Count I First-Degree Murder – Death
• Count II Burglary with Assault – 19 years
• Count III Kidnapping of a Child Under 13 – 19 years
• Count IV Sexual Battery of a Child Under 12 – Life imprisonment


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