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Missourinet: “Lawyer for Condemned Inmate Questions Timing of Execution Date Request” | Missouri Political News Service

Missourinet: “Lawyer for Condemned Inmate Questions Timing of Execution Date Request”

June 18th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

After eighteen years and one stay of execution, AG Nixon is acting “prematurely” to execute this dreg of society? UNBELIEVABLE!

The lawyer for condemned prison inmate Michael Taylor says Attorney General Jay Nixon is acting prematurely by asking for a new execution date for Taylor.

Taylor’s execution was stayed in the last hours 16 months ago. A federal appeals court panel has ruled a federal judge should not have stayed the execution. Taylor’s lawyer says there are appeals remaining. She says the state has not shown, and cannot show, that the lethal injection system is humane. Missouri has not had an execution since October, 2005

Case Facts: On the evening of March 21, 1989, Michael Taylor and companion Roderick Nunley stole a car and used drugs. At about 7:00 a.m. on Mach 22, they saw 15-year-old Ann Harrison waiting for the school bus at the end of her driveway. Taylor allegedly stated he wanted to steal the girl’s purse, and Nunley, who was driving, stopped the car. Taylor spoke to the girl and then grabbed her and forced her into the car. Nunley then drove to this mother’s house where the girl was taken out of the car and forced to crawl down to the basement. Taylor then raped the girl.

After the assault, the two men forced the girl into the trunk of the stolen car and tied her up. After Taylor stated he was afraid the girl would identify him, the two men decided to kill the girl Nunley retreived two knives from the kitchen and both men stabbed the girl. Nunley knew the girl was going to die from her wounds. (The former county medical examiner testified the victim was stabbed 10 times and she died approximately 30 minutes later). The men drove to a nearby neighborhood and parked the car, leaving the girl in the trunk. Nunley gave a videotaped confession to the police.


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