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  • 26 February 2014, 10:07

Missouri Man Executed For Teenager's Murder

A man who raped and murdered a school girl after abducting her as she waited for a bus has been executed in Missouri.

Michael Taylor was killed by lethal injection, despite a last-minute appeal from lawyers who argued the drug used could have caused inhumane pain and suffering.

The 47-year-old made no final statement but mouthed silent words to his parents, as well as a pair of clergymen and two other relatives who witnessed his death.

Taylor admitted killing 15-year-old Ann Harrison, who was abducted from the driveway of her family home as she waited for her school bus in March 1989.

The youngster was driven to his accomplice Roderick Nunley's mother's house, where she was forced into the basement and raped.

The two men used kitchen knives to stab the girl 10 times, including in her throat and torso.

She offered them money as she begged for her life, but died about half an hour later, according to a medical examiner.

Her body was then carried into a stolen car and dumped in a nearby neighbourhood where it was found the next day.

In their appeals, Taylor's attorneys expressed concerns about the use of an unnamed compounding pharmacy that provides the execution drug, pentobarbital.

They claimed the drug, which Missouri began using last year, risks causing pain and suffering, although state officials said none of the three people executed using it so far showed signs of distress.

Nunley has also been sentenced to death and is awaiting execution.

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