After 22 years, a judge sets execution date for Moeller
After years of letting the wheels of justice slowly turn, Donald Moeller will finally be put to death for raping and murdering a 9-year old girl in 1990.
On Wednesday a judge in Minnehaha County declared Moeller will be executed a little more than three months from now.
It's been 15 years since Moeller was first convicted of raping and murdering 9-year old Becky O'Connell. After countless appeals, including one in June on 2012, he may have finally had his last day in court.
Moeller hardly looks like the man we first saw nearly two decades ago. Attorney General Marty Jackley told the judge that Moeller has been given every constitutional right and now he must pay the penalty for his actions.
A claim Moeller's attorney, Mark Marshall, did not oppose. Marshall told the court his client knew this day would come. When given the chance to address the judge and the O'Connell family, Moeller softly said the words, "no thank you."
With his words, everyone in the courtroom was left wondering whether or not he is truly taking responsibility for his actions.
"Certainly with him, my interpretation, waving certain procedural matters in place and asking for an accelerated date could be interpreted as a step in the right direction, but again that's for him to answer and his lawyers." Said Attorney General Jackley.
Mark Marshall declined to comment after Wednesday's hearing. But in court he asked for an execution date during the first week of August. However, the judge set the date for sometime during the week of October 28 and November 3 of this year to give the penitentiary time to prepare.
Because he was convicted in 1997, Moeller will also be given the choice of which chemical compound that will be used to put him to death.
Moeller still has an appeal in federal court but Attorney General Jackley says he believes all will be dismissed with Wednesday's execution hearing.
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