Missouri's bid to execute Nunley delayed until at least 2011

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 12:09 p.m. CDT; updated 2:02 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 20, 2010

ST. LOUIS — Missouri's efforts to execute a man condemned in the 1989 stabbing death of a Kansas City girl is on hold for months to accommodate appeals before the Missouri Supreme Court.

The state sought to put Roderick Nunley to death Wednesday but could not get a federal appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court to lift a stay issued on Nunley's behalf by a Kansas City federal judge Monday.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sought relief from the state's Supreme Court, which on Wednesday scheduled oral arguments on the due-process matter for January 2011.

The 45-year-old Nunley was sentenced to death in the abduction, rape and killing 21 years ago of 15-year-old Ann Harrison.


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