The Department of Public Safety has issued a statement saying that the execution by lethal injection of 47-year-old Michael Taylor has been carried out. Taylor was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre.
Taylor was one of two men that pleaded guilty to the 1989 murder of 15-year-old Ann Harrison of Kansas City. He and Roderick Nunley both admitted to abducting Harrison from the driveway of her home where she was waiting for a school bus. Taylor had raped the girl with Nunley’s help in the basement of Nunley’s mother’s home before fatally stabbing her and abandoning her body in the trunk of a car.
Nunley is also sentenced to death.
Taylor had been set to be executed once before, in 2006, but that was stopped with just hours to go.