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Man executed in Fla. for 1991 sexual assault, killing of woman who was attacked as she slept

A man convicted in the 1991 sexual assault and murder of an aspiring artist in Orlando has been executed in Florida.

Forty-year-old Darius Kimbrough was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. following an injection at the Florida State Prison in Starke, officials said.

Kimbrough was condemned for the October 1991 killing of 28-year-old Denise Collins, who was attacked in her apartment as she slept. Experts testified at Kimbrough's 1994 trial that blood and semen samples taken from Collins' bed were compatible with the defendant's DNA.

It was the second time a new mix of drugs was used in Florida since the previous execution Oct. 15.

Kimbrough was not a plaintiff in a lawsuit by other inmates who have argued the use of the new drug mix should be halted as unconstitutional.

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