A convicted killer scheduled to be executed within the next month has written a federal judge saying he no longer wants to be represented by the Arkansas attorneys who've been challenging the constitutionality of South Dakota's execution protocol.
Donald Moeller is set to die for the 1990 slaying of 9-year-old Becky O'Connell. He wrote Judge Lawrence Piersol from the state penitentiary on Tuesday.
Moeller wants the federal case bearing his name dismissed.
The attorneys say Moeller's incompetent and incapable of making voluntary and rational decisions. They want to press forward with arguments.
The case focuses on whether South Dakota's use of the lethal injection drug pentobarbital in a one-drug method would inflict cruel and unusual punishment.
Most Popular Today
- 1.Education Funding
Mitchell Superintendent Defends 'Second Job'
- 2.Retail & Restaurants
Pepsi Perfect To Be Released October 21
- 3.Retail & Restaurants
Cupcake Baker Whips Up A Book
- 4.Education Funding
Inside KELOLAND: Build Dakota Scholarship
Architects Ask For Opinion On Downtown's Future
Monday Morning Business Brief
Tuesday Morning Business Brief
$86,000 Awarded To Entrepreneurs Through Accelerator Challenge
- 9.Retail & Restaurants
Halloween Spending Prediction; Top Costumes