On the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, Juan Carlos Chavez was put to death in Florida. The Florida execution came for crimes that he committed 18 years ago for the kidnapping, sexual battery, and murder of a young boy named Jimmy Ryce. The Inquisitr reported on Feb. 12, 2014, that Ryce's family reiterated that Chavez deserved the death penalty.
Chavez stayed silent as he approached the death chamber, and the Florida execution was even delayed for two hours. That delay came from a reconsideration appeal to the Supreme Court for a request for stay.
That request was denied.
At 8:02 p.m. ET on Wedneday night, Chavez was confined to the gurney in the death chamber and refused to make a final statement. The Florida execution happened by lethal injection and his actual time of death was announced as 8:17 p.m.
On Sept. 11, 1995, nine-year-old Jimmy Ryce went missing and a huge investigation and search opened across south Florida for months and months. When the police caught up with Chavez, he confessed to abducting, raping, and killing Ryce.
Three months after Ryce's disappearance, Chavez's landlady found the boy's bag in the trailer where Chavez was staying. She also found her own gun that had been stolen by Chavez.
Once police began interrogating Chavez, he confessed to the crimes and led them to the place where Ryce's remains were kept. He placed Ryce's remains in planters and sealed them off with concrete.
Chavez was said to be very calm in the hours before his execution. His final meal consisted of a rib-eye steak, french fries, strawberry ice cream, mango juice, and a fruit cup.