Missouri man faces execution for raping, killing 15-year-old

1 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Missouri Supreme Court rejects latest motions from Missouri man set to be executed Tuesday.

An inmate scheduled to be executed on Tuesday for killing a 15-year-old Missouri girl has asked the US supreme court to halt his punishment, saying the death penalty is unconstitutional. Nunley and a co-defendant were accused of kidnapping Ann Harrison as she waited for a school bus in Kansas City, then raping and killing the girl in 1989. Defense attorney Jennifer Herndon argued in an appeal that capital punishment, “under prevailing standards of decency”, violates the US constitution’s eighth amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment.

It was legal mumbo jumbo nonsense.” In a new appeal filed on Monday, Herndon challenged the state’s refusal to disclose who makes its execution drug or how it is tested. Governor Jay Nixon is reviewing a clemency petition from an anti-death penalty group that alleges racial bias played a role in the case because a prosecutor refused a plea deal that would have given Nunley life in prison without parole. At one point, a police officer from neighbouring Lee’s Summit chased the car but was called off by a supervisor when the stolen car crossed into Kansas City.

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