The Missouri Supreme Court decided yesterday that Roderick Nunley will be executed on October 20.This will be the first execution in Missouri in more than a year.
Nunley and Michael Taylor murdered a 15-year-old girl, Ann Harrison, in 1989. In a stolen car and high on drugs, the men plucked Harrison from her school bus stop and drove her to Nunley's mother's house.
The girl was forced to the basement, raped, tied up, and stuffed into the trunk of the car. Worried that she'd identify the men, they stabbed her 10 times and abandoned the car after driving it to a neighborhood close to the house.
Both men pleaded guilty.
Taylor was to be executed in February 2006 but was spared hours before his execution while the federal courts debated whether lethal injection qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment. An execution date for Taylor has not since been set.