Pete Edlund is now retired from the Kansas City Police Department, but he still vividly remembers working on the case of Ann Harrison's abduction and murder.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
At midnight the state of Missouri is set to execute a man convicted of the rape and murder of a Kansas City teenager.
Officials with the Department of Corrections said they will use a lethal dug provided by an unnamed supplier to carry out Michael Taylor's execution. If a court does not issue a stay, Taylor is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m.
It's been 25 years since Taylor and another man abducted Ann Harrison from a bus stop. KCTV5 spoke with the detective who was on the abduction and murder case all those years ago and he says justice has yet to be served.
Retired Kansas City Police Officer Pete Edlund remembers when 15-year-old Harrison was abducted and murdered while waiting for the school bus.
"Her murder was atrocious," he said.
She was raped and stabbed repeatedly. Then her body was thrown in the trunk of a car and dumped.
"Annie" as Edlund recalled her, was also a member of his police family. Her dad and her uncle were also in law enforcement.
"It affected us as a police family even more so and made it that much more stressful to try and find the perpetrators of this heinous act," Edlund said.
Officials did find the killers six months later. Taylor and Roderick Nunley confessed to the crimes. They were sentenced to death, but in 25 years both men have delayed their executions.
"It is a long time, it's...justice has not been served. It has not been served to the Harrison family. There's no closure. These guys have been sucking our air for 25 years when they should have been executed a long time ago," Edlund said.
At midnight Taylor faces death by lethal injection. Several court appeals have been filed seeking to spare his life and Taylor's attorneys are questioning Missouri's use of a lethal injection drug. They also allege that the state executes men before appeals are complete.
"They find all these side issues, legal mumbo jumbo to keep from being executed and that's true, not just of them, but a lot of the guys on death row," Edlund said.
The retired police officer said he can't forget Annie, but he would like to see the case finally closed.
"They've been down this road so many times. We'll believe it when the deed is done and until then I'm not going to hold my breath," Edlund said.
Gov. Jay Nixon was weighing a clemency request for Taylor, but announced that he was denying it about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday. He explained his decision in a statement.
"I have received from my counsel a final briefing on the petition for clemency from Michael Taylor, which has been reviewed in detail. After careful deliberation, I have denied this petition. As Governor, this is a power and a process I do not take lightly. Each instance involves a very specific set of facts, which must be considered on its own."
"Fifteen-year-old Ann Harrison was waiting for the school bus at the end of her driveway when she was abducted, raped, and then stabbed to death by Michael Taylor and Roderick Nunley. Years later, the brutality of this crime and the loss of this innocent child remain seared in the memory of the Harrison family and many Kansas City residents. Taylor pleaded guilty to these wanton, heinous crimes and was subsequently convicted of murder and sentenced to death. My decision today upholds this appropriate sentence."
"I ask that Missourians remember Ann Harrison at this time and keep her parents, Bob and Janel Harrison, and the Harrison family in your thoughts and prayers."
Nunley sits on death row.
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