The US state of Missouri is preparing to execute the convicted killer of an adolescent on Wednesday, less than a month after executing a man minutes before the US Supreme Court ruled on an appeal.
The planned execution comes amid controversy over the chemicals being used to give death row inmates lethal injections.
Harrison’s family members said they’re planning to be on hand for the execution, in hopes of seeing justice served after a quarter century.
Taylor had been scheduled to die eight years ago until he won a last-minute appeal. Issues involving the legality of Missouri’s execution methods have kept his case in limbo until now.
Taylor never claimed innocence in his role in Harrison’s death.
The 15-year-old was waiting for a school bus in front of her home when Taylor and Roderick Nunley drove by and snatched her. Harrison was raped and stabbed, and her body was found in the trunk of a stolen car.
“I was wrong for doing that,” Taylor said in an interview eight years ago. “Every day — I pray my penance to that, you know, asking forgiveness.”
Harrison’s father is scheduled to witness the execution. Other family members will be waiting at the prison for news that it has been carried out.
The Harrisons said they only seek justice in the case, not revenge. They said they sympathize with Taylor’s family.
Nunley remains on death row, also awaiting execution.