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The fate of convicted killer Donald Moeller

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In court today,for the first time, Donald Moeller admitted to the kidnapping, rape and murder of nine-year-old Becky O'Connell.

Moeller was in court today to request the dismissal of a federal case which challenges South Dakota's death penalty procedure.

Not only did Moeller admit his guilt in Becky's death but he wants to proceed with the execution.

A public defender from Arkansas says he doesn't believe Moeller is capable to make that decision. the public defender also asked the court to appoint a guardian for Moeller. In turn,  Moeller stated he told the public defender that he wanted them to stop all legal activities on his behalf.

Moeller admitted to killing Becky O'Connell and said he wants the federal case to end so the state can do it's job.

The judge asked Moeller a series of questions to determine if he understood what was happening today and why.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says this is the last stop before Moeller's execution, scheduled for the week of October 28th.

Jackley said "this is the last pending action by Donald Moeller as the court has indicated. As we begin proceedings, the South Dakota Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court has already made the decision on guilt and on the sentence of death.  Really , the only thing that is occurring in these proceedings is the method of the way that South Dakota carries out an execution."

At one point, Moeller told the judge there were a couple of questions he could have asked such as how does he know he is competent.

Moeller said he watches the news, reads the paper, likes to write and watch old movies.  Then, he proceeded to tell the judge what an average day is like for him.

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