Child Killer on Death Row Sues Because He Wants to Die More Comfortably

Michael Anthony Taylor is sitting on Death Row in Missouri because he pleaded guilty to abducting, raping, and fatally stabbing a 15-year-old girl back in 1989. At the end of January, he is scheduled to receive the death penalty by lethal injection, but Taylor hasn't accepted his fate without a fight. Instead, he is suing the Oklahoma pharmacy that supplies the killing drug because he says their version of it causes a great deal of pain and a much slower death. And, according to reports, the pharmacy has agreed.

The drug used in lethal injections is called pentobarbital. It's supposed to provide a relatively quick and painless death, but the last few times a certain version of it -- allegedly provided by the Oklahoma pharmacy -- was used, one inmate reported feeling his body burning prior to death, while another prisoner's heart continued to beat for 10 minutes after he stopped breathing. The assumption is that the drug supplied by this one outlet is either contaminated or not as potent, which is why prisoners are experiencing these side effects.

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Taylor sued because he wants to avoid "severe, unnecessary, lingering, and ultimately inhumane pain," according to reports.

So, let's review: Taylor inflicted severe, unnecessary, and inhumane pain on someone's child, but deserves a painless death? I've never been an advocate for the death penalty, mainly because there is always the possibility that an innocent person is being forced to die. But I will admit that getting older and becoming a mom have swayed my beliefs about it slightly -- particularly when it comes to cases where a child has been harmed and the suspect has pleaded guilty.

It seems awfully silly to condemn a man to death but then agree to give him a comfortable death. If I were the mom of the teen who was raped and killed by this man, I wouldn't take too kindly to a company agreeing to back down because Taylor fears pain. Perhaps he has grown a great deal as a person in the 20-plus years since he committed this crime, but the punishment he received is what was deemed appropriate for the incredibly heartless and cruel act he inflicted upon an innocent little girl.

What do you think? Does a prisoner on Death Row deserve to die in the most humane way possible?


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nonmember avatar blue

A child rapist and murderer feeling pain? I'm cool with that.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

Make him eat a bullet then. It'll be quick and over before he knows it. Probably cheaper too. It's a win-win.

nonmember avatar Suzanne

I'm mostly against the death penalty as well, but lethal injection just seems strange. Firing squads actually seem more reasonable. If we must put people to death it would be cheap and quick.

nonmember avatar Jenna

Hmmm.. Seems to me the 15 year old girl didn't pick getting raped and stabbed by this disgusting subhuman. I say a baseball bat to the head.

nonmember avatar Renee

It is obvious. Eye for an eye. He should raped beaten and fatally stabbed!

Rando... Randomlady

Don't know why we are so concerned about how these people die, should they go painlessly as their victims did not? No, they deserve some pain. Forget all this kind crap they get, they should have thought about that before mutilating their victims and giving them a death they didn't deserve. How about we go back to the guillotine? Make it a rusty one.

nonmember avatar Mai

Seems to me some of you are desiring revenge over justice. Personally I leave it up to God to judge him.

nonmember avatar Wyatt'sMom

Battery acid would be just fine. I believe that it's pretty cheap too!

Leigh Anna Clark Young

If the guy had any remorse, at all, for his crime against this poor child then he would take his lethal injection quietly knowing that he deserves exactly that. 

jpalm... jpalmer92

I think the electric chair would be appropriate for him.

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