SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A woman who says she's a friend of South Dakota death row inmate Donald Moeller is trying to stop his execution.
A lawyer for Donna Nichols has filed a motion in federal court to stay the lethal injection of 60-year-old Moeller, who is scheduled to die the week of Oct. 28.
Moeller has admitted in court to the 1990 kidnapping, rape and murder of 9-year-old Becky O'Connell.
Moeller had recently given up appeals and asked a federal judge to let him die. In Friday's court filing, lawyer Robert Van Norman says Moeller's wish is colored by his psychological state.
Attorney General Marty Jackley says his office will oppose the stay. He says Nichols lacks standing.
Moeller is ordered to appear at a hearing on the motion Monday.
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