Alice Thompson


To the editor:

I am writing concerning the article in Saturday’s Examiner headlined “Execution set for KC girl’s killer.” My question is, do you think the abduction, rape and stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl, and then leaving her to bleed to death in the trunk of a car, was painless?

These men have pleaded guilty to the crime. However, Michael Taylor’s execution was halted because the state used a three-drug lethal injection mixture that could constitute cruel and unusual punishment if used incorrectly. Isn’t there a possibility the little girl received cruel and unusual punishment at the hands of these men? I would say a lethal injection was much less painful than what the young girl endured.

Judges seem to be only concerned with a murderer’s right to a painless death. These men have lived 23 years longer than the young girl. Maybe a firing squad isn’t such a bad idea.