More than 25 years after she was killed, her killer will be executed

Jose Jimenez
Jose Jimenez Florida Department of Corrections

More than 25 years ago, 63-year-old Phyllis Minas was brutally stabbed to death in her North Miami apartment after catching a man burglarizing her home.

On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott signed the death warrant for her killer, who was convicted by a jury in 1994.

Jose Antonio Jimenez, who was 30 at the time of the crime in October 1992, will be executed by lethal injection Aug. 14, according to the warrant.

Last month, the Florida Supreme Court rejected Jimenez’s appeal of his sentence, News Service Florida reported.

On Oct. 2, 1992, Minas, who worked as a clerk at what was then called the Metro Justice Building, found Jimenez, a painter, in her second-floor unit at 13725 NE Sixth Ave.

During Jimenez’s trial, neighbors recalled hearing Minas screaming, “Oh, my God. Oh, my God.”

But Jimenez locked the front door of her apartment before anyone could get in to help. After a week-long trial, he was found guilty and later sentenced to death.

Through the years, Jimenez filed several motions for “post-conviction relief,” according to a letter written by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to Scott.

“The record has been reviewed and there are no stays of execution issued by any court of competent jurisdiction in this cause,” she said.

The last time a person was executed by lethal injection in Florida was Feb. 22, when Eric Branch was put to death, according to News Service Florida. Branch was convicted in 1993 for murdering and assaulting Susan Morris, a University of West Florida student.