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Koster will continue to push for execution of convicted rapist, murderer

By St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo – Attorney General Chris Koster has pledged to exhaust all legal options in an effort to carry out the execution of Roderick Nunley.

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday night upheld a stay of execution for Nunley, who pleaded guilty in 1991 to the kidnapping, rape and murder of a Kansas City teenager. A federal judge in Kansas City on Monday had ruled that Nunley's arguments that he had to be sentenced to death by a jury needed further study. Nunley pleaded guilty in an effort to avoid the death penalty.

Nunley's death warrant is valid until midnight Wednesday. Koster said in a statement he would continue with legal action until every option is exhausted.