TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State authorities are rescheduling the execution of a Florida man convicted of killing a Coral Gables police officer 33 years ago.
A Department of Corrections spokeswoman said Tuesday that 61-year-old Manuel Valle is slated to be executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison near Raiford on Sept. 28.
Valle was originally scheduled to be executed Aug. 2, but that was delayed by courts reviewing the latest round of appeals in his case.
Valle was convicted of fatally shooting 41-year-old Luis Pena in the neck during a traffic stop in April 1978. Valle was driving a stolen car when he was stopped by Pena and officer Gary Spell, who also was shot but saved by his bulletproof vest. Pena's family lives in southwest Florida.
The execution would be the first in Florida since February of 2010.
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