SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota inmate was executed Tuesday night for the 1990 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared after leaving her home to buy sugar at a nearby store so she could make lemonade.
Donald Moeller, 60, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls, marking South Dakota's second execution this month in an unusual surge for a state that has carried out just two other death sentences since 1913.
Moeller initially was convicted in 1992, but the state Supreme Court overturned it, ruling that improper evidence was used at trial. He was again convicted and sentenced to die in 1997. The state Supreme Court affirmed the sentence, and Moeller lost appeals on both the state and federal levels.
Though he fought his conviction and sentence for years, Moeller in July he said he was ready to accept death as the consequence of his actions. He admitted for the first time in court that he killed the girl.
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Originally posted by Holidakd
Why did it take twenty two years for this monster to be put down?
If my dog bit someone and they raised a big stink on the matter, my dog would be put down..
The death penalty should be used as a deterrent more so than a punishment.
Heck I'll even get radical on the subject. Criminals, convicted of murder, and especially in cases like this where he raped a nine year old girl, should be tortured as punishment.
Sorry about my rant but this is a subject that fires me up
Bullets are cheap, rope is cheaper (and reusable)
I'm not saying they're all like this, and I'm sure some realize their mistake and are truly sorry. But what about those who aren't sorry? They're dangerous. The brave men and women who work as law enforcement officers in prisons go to work each day not knowing if they will go home again.
Originally posted by FraternitasSaturni
I dont think anyone is exactly a "fan" of the death penalty...
Either you're "pro" or "against", I'm "pro"... but I'm not a "fan"
Soon this will be all facebook-like anyway "Guy gets executed in South Dakota" > Like
Originally posted by Nite_wing
I am against the death penalty at this time even though this person deserved it.
The reason I am against execution is that cases with absolute certainty are used to justify those marginal cases where innocent people are put to death. Confessions are often coerced. Evidence can be planted, concealed or tainted. The Innocence Project has proved that some who are condemned are innocent. Until we can be completely certain about guilt, we cannot justify taking an innocent life. When we can, then death may be an appropriate punishment. However, on the other hand, rotting in jail seems to be more appropriate to me. No one really knows what lies ahead after death.