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Missouri execution: State prepares for fourth execution in four months

Michael Taylor is about to be executed for the murder of a 15-year-old girl in 1989.
Missouri Correctional Office

The state of Missouri is now preparing for their fourth execution in the last four months. Yahoo News reported on Feb. 25, 2014, that Michael Taylor will be executed after his conviction of the 1989 abduction, raping, and killing of a Kansas City teenager.

Michael Taylor's Missouri execution will take place by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.

Appeals were presented before the United States Supreme Court and the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Governor Jay Nixon denied a clemency request made for Taylor just hours before his planned execution.

One of the biggest problems that Taylor's attorneys had was the use of an unnamed compounding pharmacy to provide the pentobarbital for the Missouri execution. Concerns have also been raised that the state of Missouri executes criminals before their appeals process is complete.

Taylor's current attorneys also are claiming that his original trial attorney was extremely overworked during his trial. They say she was so overworked that she encouraged him to plead guilty to the crimes so that her workload would be less.

The last Missouri execution was just back on Jan. 29, 2014, and it was of Herbert Smulls, who died a little over an hour before the legal period for his execution had ended. Smulls had appealed over and over, but his final appeal was never completed, or even rejected, before he was put to death.

"No stay of execution was in effect at the time of execution," wrote Missouri attorney general Chris Koster.

With that being said, Smulls' execution was considered totally legal.

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