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Execution set for midnight after hearings on lethal-injection drugs

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MICHAEL TAYLOR DEATH ROW

BONNE TERRE (KPLR) – The State of Missouri is set to execute convicted killer Michael Taylor, just after midnight tonight, in Bonne Terre.

Taylor was convicted of the rape and murder of a 15-year-girl in Kansas City, Mo. nearly 25 years ago. A federal judge denied a stay of execution.

In the past, the Apothecary Shoppe Pharmacy in Tulsa, Oklahoma supplied the drugs to the Missouri Department of Corrections. But, Taylor’s attorneys pointed out the drug scheduled to be used in the lethal injection was not FDA approved and will lead to undue suffering.

Missouri corrections officials reportedly testified that they kept the pharmacy’s name a secret and paid for the drugs in cash to avoid protests.

The state turned to a new drug supplier, when an Oklahoma pharmacy backed out last week.

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