On Wednesday, Missouri performed the fourth execution in four months. Convicted killer 47-year-old Michael Taylor received a lethal injection and was pronounced dead at about 12:10. Taylor was sentenced after he was charged with murder and rape of 15-year-old Ann Harrison. According to reports Taylor and Roderick Nunley kidnapped Harrison as she was waiting for a school bus. They raped, stabbed and left her to die in the trunk of a stolen vehicle.
A Missouri House panel is now considering legislation that would give lawmakers oversight over the state’s execution procedures. The bill’s sponsor says the proposal would make Missouri’s lethal injection method more transparent and accountable to the public.