JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A Missouri killer, scheduled to die Wednesday, will be fighting his execution into next year after a state Supreme Court order.
Roderick Nunley's execution was stayed Monday by a federal judge, but Attorney General Chris Koster asked for a ruling from the state court that could have let the execution go forward Wednesday.
Instead, the Missouri justices set a schedule of hearings and oral arguments that will run into January.
"This decision clearly indicates that no execution will occur today," Koster said, but his office will continue to fight for "justice in the name of Ann Harrison and her family."
"Roderick Nunley has already spent more time on death row than Ann Harrison spent on earth," he said.
Nunley was sentenced to die for the 1989 kidnapping, rape and fatal stabbing of the 15-year-old Kansas City, Mo., girl.
His attorneys took the case to federal court after the Missouri Supreme Court denied his request for a stay of execution on the issue of whether he should have been sentenced by a jury instead of a judge.