A Missouri man who kidnapped, raped and murdered a 15-year-old girl near Kansas City 25 years ago was executed early Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay.
The state Department of Public Safety said Michael Taylor, 47, died from a lethal injection at 12:10 a.m. (1:10 a.m. ET), shortly after the high court joined the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in rejecting pleas from his attorneys, who argued that the state's makeshift execution protocol was cruel and unusual punishment.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also rejected a clemency request, turning aside Taylor's pleas based on the state's use of using a secret compounding pharmacy for the lethal dose of pentobarbital and for executing previous inmates while they still had appeals pending.
Taylor offered no final statement, The Associated Press reported, adding that he took two deep breaths before closing his eyes for the last time.
Anti-death penalty advocates held a vigil Tuesday opposing Taylor's execution in Springfield, where 10-year-old Hailey Owens was similarly brutally murdered last week.
"Crime deserves punishment," Bishop Van Johnston of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau told NBC station KYTV of Springfield, Mo. "We're here to say, basically, that killing someone when you can punish them in another way is not the solution."
This is just a huge embarrassment. We have a separation of church and state in this country and a Catholic bishop, or child-fucker, has no place to lecture American citizens on how best to run our society. Our society is in ruins, as it should be. But we still are decided that we don't want the priests to run it for us.
Years ago, this is the Church that murdered people for simple disagreements. For instance, they killed the Anabaptists just for saying that infant baptism was incorrect.
Now they are telling us, peculiarly that if you rape and kill teenage girls, the Catholic church is going to provide you with official advocacy.
Not surprising, when you consider how they have allied themselves with NAMBLA in defending and harboring known child molesting priests, some of whom engaged in abuse for decades while the Church covered it up.
You fucking trashy ass nigger. Twenty-two years old, and you abducted a little white girl standing on the corner waiting for her school bus. You and your groid friend took her and passed her around a few times then dumped her body.
You lived 47 years. That's 32 more then that white girl ever lived to see. And you cried till the day of your death to be let off with life in prison. I never shed one tear over one that starves in Ethiopia the same way I don't when three gangsters get smoked in a drive-by. The way I see it, you can't get rid of yourselves fast enough. And if you would only use some god damn birth control. Because people are tired of dealing with you trashy ass niggers.
And then you bishoprics, I have a mind to call you bishop pricks, because you're a bunch of pricks that prick little kids. You are a shameful embarrassment. You have made Christianity the biggest joke. We have to defend our religion from people that 500 and 1000 years later constantly rehash crimes of the Catholic church which true Christians had nothing to do with.
Now your fag church has come to say atheists go to heaven, with your fag pope who said that one. Then your bishops rush to embrace child killers and molesters and let Nancy Pelousi take Communion. When she openly embraces Molech sacrifice through abortion. And even Ted Kennedy took communion almost to the very end, when one honorable New England bishop intervened. He really did a lot for this country you know. It was quite a stand up act when he got that malignant brain tumor and died so we no longer had to deal with his pontificating filibusters and meddling with our democratic-republican government. I wish more in Washington would take his lead.