February 26, 2014


Shortly after midnight on February 26, 2014, Michael Anthony Taylor was executed by the state of Missouri.The execution occurred at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.Michael was 47 years of age.Michael was executed for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 15-year-old Ann Harrison, on March 22, 1989.Michael spent the last 22 years of his life on Missouri's death row.


On the evening of March 21, 1989, Michael Taylor and his friend, 22-year-old Roderick Nunley got together and smoked crack cocaine.They then decided to steal a car and just drive around, which included evading police who tried to pull them over for a broken tail light.Around 7 am on March 22, Taylor and Nunley, who was driving, spotted high-school freshman Ann Harrison in the driveway of her home, waiting for the school bus.Taylor allegedly told Nunley that he wanted to steal the girl's purse.Nunley stopped the car and Taylor exited, spoke to the girl, grabbed her, and forced her into the car, leaving her backpack laying on the driveway.Nunley drove all three of them to his mother's house.


Once at Nunley's mother's house, they forced Ann out of the vehicle and forced her to crawl down to the basement, where Taylor raped her and Nunley assisted by providing lubricant.After raping her, they tied her up and put her in the trunk of the stolen vehicle, saying they were going to call her parents for ransom money.They never called her parents.Fearing that Ann would be able to identify them, Taylor and Nunley decided to kill her.After retrieving two knives from the kitchen, Taylor and Nunley stabbed Ann a total of ten times and left her to die.It took approximately 30 minutes for Ann to die from her wounds.


After stabbing Ann, Taylor and Nunley drove the stolen vehicle to a nearby neighborhood and left it, with Ann still in the trunk.It was days before Ann's body was discovered.


Taylor and Nunley both confessed to the crime, although neither confessed to raping Ann and each pointed the finger at the other.They were each was convicted of murder and given a death sentence.DNA testing later showed Taylor was the one to rape Ann.Nunley remains on death row.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Ann Harrison.Please pray for strength for the family of Michael Taylor.