BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- Missouri has executed a man who abducted, raped and killed a Kansas City teenager nearly 25 years ago.
Michael Taylor was lethally injected just after 1 a.m. Eastern Time. Federal courts and the governor had refused last-minute appeals from Taylor's attorneys, who had argued that the lethal injection drug pentobarbital could have caused Taylor inhumane pain and suffering.
In their appeals, Taylor's attorneys questioned Missouri's use of an unnamed compounding pharmacy to provide the execution drug. They also say Taylor's original trial attorney was so overworked that she encouraged him to plead guilty to lessen her own workload.
Others close to the case say they're shocked it took the state so long to carry out the execution.