The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the lethal injection appeal of convicted murderer and death row inmate Michael Taylor of Kansas City. The decision comes on the heels of last week’s ruling in a Kentucky death penalty case in which the High Court upheld the constitutionality of lethal injection.
Taylor was one of two men sentenced to be executed for the 1989 kidnapping, rape, and murder of 15-year-old Ann Harrison who was nabbed while waiting for a school bus near her Kansas City home. Taylor had been scheduled to die in February of 2006 but the execution was stopped because of challenges to Missouri’s lethal injection procedures.
Missouri has not conducted an execution since Marlin Gray was put to death in October of 2005.