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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Say Goodbye to Michael Taylor

     A Missouri inmate was executed Wednesday, February 26, 2014 for abducting, raping and killing a Kansas City teenager as she waited for her school bus in 1989, marking the state's fourth lethal injection in as many months. Michael Taylor, 47, was pronounced dead at 12:10 AM at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Federal courts and the governor had refused last-minute appeals from his attorneys, who argued that the execution drug purchased from a compounding pharmacy could have caused Taylor inhuman pain and suffering. [Maybe when you do an inhuman thing, you should suffer "inhuman" pain.]

     Taylor offered no final statement, though he mouthed silent words to his parents, clergymen and other relatives who witnessed his death. [There were no clergymen in the room when his victim died.] As the process began, Taylor took two deep breaths before closing his eyes for the last time. There were no obvious signs of distress. [Great. That makes us feel so much better.]

     Taylor's victim, 15-year-old Ann Harrison, was in her driveway--carrying her school books, flute and purse--when she was abducted by Taylor and Roderick Nunley. The men pulled her into their stolen car, took her to a home, then raped and fatally stabbed her as she pleaded for her life. Nunley also was sentenced to death….

Jim Salter, "Missouri Executes Man in 1989 Rape, Killing of Teen," Associated Press, February 25, 2014 

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