Attorneys continue appeals despite setbacks for Missouri death row inmate

Attorneys continue appeals despite setbacks for Missouri death row inmate

The state, once among the nation’s more active death penalty states, resumed carrying out executions for the first time in nearly three years as the Department of Corrections adopted a new method for killing inmates—a single dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital. The drug was used in November to execute serial killer Joseph Franklin, who was convicted of a 1977 sniper shooting at a suburban St. Louis synagogue. It was used again in December to execute Allen Nicklasson, convicted in the killing of a Good Samaritan in 1994.

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 10:50 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Attorneys for Missouri death row inmate Michael Taylor continue the effort to spare his life, even as a federal judge has turned down some of his requests for a stay of execution.

U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on Monday refused to halt the execution based on separate claims that Missouri’s one-drug execution method could cause a painful death, and that the state in three recent executions put inmates to death while court cases were still pending. Taylor’s attorney, John Simon, appealed to a federal appeals court.

Phillips is still considering another stay request, a claim that Taylor had an ineffective attorney at his original trial.

Taylor faces execution at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for abducting, raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.

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