ST. LOUIS – Several vigils are scheduled throughout Missouri to protest the execution of a death row inmate.
Michael Taylor faces execution at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for abducting, raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.
One of the protests will be held from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the steps of the church at Grand and Lindell in Midtown St. Louis.
It will be lead by “Missourians Against the Death Penalty,” a group that protests on the eve of every execution.
One of the group’s leader told News 4 their protest is not about condoning the crimes of any death row inmates. The group opposes the death penalty itself.
Meanwhile, attorneys for 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.