The Missouri Supreme Court today set an execution date for Kansas City killer Roderick Nunley on Oct. 20.
Nunley was initially convicted in Jackson County in May 1994 and sentenced to death. With an accomplice, Nunley raped and murdered a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped in 1989 while waiting for a school bus near her home in the Kansas City area.
Ann Harrison was abducted from a bus stop in Raytown, Mo.
The state's highest court initially scheduled Nunley to die in September 1996. But three days before the execution, the same court stayed their order pending further review in state and federal courts. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in Nunley's case in 2005.
In 2006, Nunley was accused of brutally attacking a manager at the Potosi Correctional Center, where he was being held. Officials said Nunley stabbed the man in the head, collarbone and back with a 4- or 5-inch metal shard fashioned into a crude weapon. The manager survived his injures.