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Appeals court upholds death penalty for Missouri murderer

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Appeals court upholds death penalty for Missouri murderer

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989. The ruling Monday by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision rejecting Roderick Nunley’s argument that he had the right to be […]

Appeals court upholds death penalty for Missouri murderer

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.

The ruling Monday by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision rejecting Roderick Nunley’s argument that he had the right to be sentenced by a jury instead of a judge.

Nunley was one of two men who pleaded guilty and received the death penalty in the death of Ann Harrison. She was waiting for a school bus in front of her home when she was abducted.

Michael Taylor was executed for the same crime in February 2014.

The appeals court ruled that Nunley was not entitled to a new sentencing hearing because he waived jury sentencing when he pleaded guilty.

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By Colin Jeffery

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