Courts & Crime

Reflection and remorse as execution looms for convicted killer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Roderick Nunley knows that his words don’t mean much.

His murderous actions on an early spring morning in 1989 overwhelm anything he can say now. But words are all he has.

As he contemplates what could be the final days of his life, forfeited to the state of Missouri for the life he chose to take, Nunley picks those words carefully.

“I truly regret what happened,” he says. “I would do anything in the world to give that young lady her life back.”

That young lady was Ann Harrison. She recently had turned 15 when Nunley and Michael A. Taylor randomly drove down the southeast Kansas City street where she lived with her parents and two younger sisters.

Her parents, Bob and Janel Harrison, see Wednesday’s scheduled execution as the ultimate penalty for those who would commit the ultimate crime.

“Some people call this seeking revenge,” Janel Harrison says. “I call it seeking justice for the victim.”

Nunley and Taylor are the only two people who know the truth about what transpired in 90 horrible minutes on March 22, 1989. Each has portrayed the other as the instigator of events.

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