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Florida executes man convicted in 1994 rape, murder of girl; state's 7th execution this year

Debbi Hobbs, the aunt of Kimberly Waters, hugs Kimberly's uncle, Tom Brimer, in front of the Florida State Prison near Starke, Fla., Thursday, July 10, 2014 after the execution of Eddie Wayne Davis. Davis was convicted of the 1994 rape and slaying of Kimberly, 11. It was the state’s sixth execution this year. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

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Debbi Hobbs, the aunt of Kimberly Waters, hugs Kimberly's uncle, Tom Brimer, in front of the Florida State Prison near Starke, Fla., Thursday, July 10, 2014 after the execution of Eddie Wayne Davis. Davis was convicted of the 1994 rape and slaying of Kimberly, 11. It was the state’s sixth execution this year. (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 seventh 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.

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