After a quarter century, it only took about ten minutes, to carry out Missouri’s fourth execution in as many months. Michael Taylor was pronounced dead at 12:10 Wednesday morning at the state prison in Bonne Terre, after more than two decades on Missouri’s death row.
Taylor was one of two people convicted of raping and killing a Kansas City teen in 1989. Retired KC Homicide Sergeant David Bernard says Taylor avoided justice for too long.
“You talk about the wheels of justice turning slowly? Well in this case, we were down to the rims,” says Bernard.
Taylor’s attorneys argued the state’s execution drug could have caused inhumane pain and suffering. The courts rejected those appeals late Tuesday. The other person convicted in the case, Roderick Nunley, is still on death row.
(Information in this story provided by the Missourinet and the AP)