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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Execution set in Ann Harrison case


Ann Harrison was 15 years old when Roderick Nunley and Michael Taylor kidnapped her in March 1989 while she was waiting for the school bus. Earlier today, it was announced that Nunley would be put to death Oct. 20.

If Ann were still alive, she'd be 35 or 36. She was an honor student at Raytown South and played the flute. She played softball, too, so every year, there's a tournament in her honor, with the proceeds benefiting the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. She was originally attacked that day because the suspects wanted her purse, Taylor has previously testified.

The details of the attack, if you want them, are here. In a 2003 interview with KMBC, Nunley and Taylor both blamed the other for the attack. They say they were high on crack when it happened.

The P-D had one detail about Nunley that I hadn't read in previous accounts. From the Post-Dispatch:

In 2006, Nunley was accused of brutally attacking a manager at the Potosi Correctional Center, where he was being held. Officials said Nunley stabbed the man in the head, collarbone and back with a 4- or 5-inch metal shard fashioned into a crude weapon. The manager survived his injures.

PREVIOUSLY: The Missouri Supremes have set an execution date for one of the men who killed Ann Harrison. There's a lot more to say about this one, but I wanted to get this posted ASAP. Here are the pertinent facts, via Mark Morris:

The Missouri Supreme Court issued an execution warrant today for Roderick Nunley, who was convicted with another man in the 1989 rape and murder of a Kansas City teenager.

Nunley is to die on Oct. 20, 2010, according to paperwork released by the court Thursday morning.

Nunley was convicted with Michael Taylor in May 1994 for the murder of 15-year-old Ann Harrison, who they abducted as she waited for a bus.


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