Man serving time for 1991 murder to be executed on Tuesday

Man serving time for 1991 murder to be executed on Tuesday

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An Orlando man is scheduled to be executed at a Florida State Prison in Starke on Tuesday. 

State Attorney Jeff Ashton was a young prosecutor when he asked a jury to sentence Darius Kimbrough to death for 1991 killing of 28-year-old Denise Collins. 

"It was a rape-murder.  She died of blunt force trauma, basically beaten to death," Ashton said, adding that Collins was attacked in her bed.  "The site of the bedroom has stuck with me.  I just remember there being blood everywhere.  It was quite a scene. It appeared that she put up quite the struggle before she died."

Kimbrough, now 40, was in his late teens at the time of the crime.  He and Collins lived in the same apartment complex.  Kimbrough used a ladder to climb to her second-story window to break into the apartment.  Ashton still remembers going to see Collins at the hospital. 

"I actually went with one of the detectives to the hospital.  She was on life support.  She was on life support and brain dead at that point," said Ashton. 

He says Collins had not lived in Orlando long, she was working at Kinkos. 

"She was a nice young woman who was starting out and living in an apartment, apartment complex in not the greatest neighborhood, but one she could afford," said Ashton.

Ashton tells that the lead detective on this case and his co-council will all be attending tomorrow's execution together. 

"I sort of decided for myself that if I was going to ask for it I needed to be able to see it through and witness it," said Ashton.

Collins' family is expected to be there too.  Ashton says for Collins family this day has been a long time coming. 

"I'm just happy for them that it's finally over. There won't be any more hearings or appeals or that's it.  It's done," said Ashton.

Collins' family tells FOX 35 that Collins' sister Annette will be reading a statement on behalf of the family after the execution Tuesday evening.


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