Thursday, February 02, 2006

Mymissourian - Execution moratorium effort

Mymissourian - Execution moratorium effort: "Second, be aware that the Missouri Supreme Court set a Feb. 1 execution date for Michael Taylor, who pled guilty to killing a Kansas City teenager more than 15 years ago.

Michael Taylor, 38, pleaded guilty to 1st-degree murder, forcible rape, armed criminal action and kidnapping for the March 1989 killing of Ann Harrison.

Court documents state that Harrison, 15, was waiting for her school bus when Taylor and his accomplice, Roderick Nunley, forced her into their stolen vehicle. Taylor and Nunley have said they had been using drugs and wanted to steal her purse.

According to court records, Taylor raped Harrison in Nunley's mother's basement and then helped Nunley kill her because they were afraid she would identify them. Both were sentenced to death in 1989 by a judge after confessing a month apart.

Taylor's execution would be Missouri's first in 2006.

The Mid-MO FOR condemns the crimes committed against Miss Harrision and extends heartfelt condolences to her family. In the next week or so, I will get more specific information out about the various aspects of his case. From the point of view of the FOR, no human being should ever be executed, regardless of their guilt, their race, etc. That being said, racism will be a very central issue of concern in the case of Michael, who is African-American. If he were to be executed, then 5 of the last 6 people executed in Missouri would have been African-American.

At this time please at least make a note on your calendar/datebook, noting that “Vigils for Life” will be taking place in Mid-Missouri the preceding Tuesday, 31 Jan., from 5-6 pm. in front of the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia and from 11 pm- Midnight, in Jefferson City, across the street from the state Supreme Court, south of the Capital. Other vigils will take place throughout that night around the state. Log onto www.moabolition.org for more details.

Jeff Stack is Mid-MO Fellowship of Reconciliation coordinator"

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