Facts of the Crime:
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 March 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 turnk. Nunley gave a videotaped conffession to the police.
Nunley was sentenced to death in 1994.
Taylor was also sentenced to death. He was executed on February 26, 2014. For more on his case, see: http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/...ouri-Death-Row
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September 11, 2008
Appeals court rejects MO death row inmates’ appeal
A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected another challenge to Missouri’s execution procedures.
The challenge was filed by eight death row inmates who accused the state of having a “well-documented history of employing incompetent and unqualified personnel” overseeing executions and insufficiently anesthetizing inmates before their executions. The inmates claimed that Missouri’s history would likely continue in the future.
U.S. District Court Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. granted Missouri’s motion for summary judgment in the case in July of 2008. The prisoners appealed.
On Tuesday a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals said that Gaitan’s ruling was correct.
The inmates are Reginald Clemons, Richard D. Clay, Jeffrey R. Ferguson, Roderick Nunley, Michael Anthony Taylor, Martin Link, Mark Christeson, and William L. Rousan. Three other inmates, John Charles Middleton, Russell Earl Bucklew, and Earl Ringo, Jr., tried to join the appeal but were turned away, and the appeals court upheld that action also.
Missouri has changed execution procedures and personnel after a lawsuit filed by Taylor revealed that the surgeon who supervised the procedure, Dr. Alan R. Doerhoff, was dyslexic. The Post-Dispatch then revealed that he had been reprimanded by the State Board of Healing Arts and sued for malpractice more than 20 times.