Donald Moeller is set to die of lethal injection today for the 1990 kidnap, rape and murder of nine-year-old Becky O'Connell.
Moeller, 60, declared his innocence and fought for two decades to stop his execution, but admitted during an early October court hearing that he had committed the crime and stopped further appeals that would delay his death sentence, reported Reuters. His execution – the second in South Dakota this month – is scheduled for 10 p.m. Central time on Tuesday at the state prison in Sioux Falls.
"I don't want to die," Moeller said during a hearing earlier this month, according to the Associated Press. "I want to pay for what I owe."
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Court records show that Moeller abducted Becky from a Sioux Falls convenience store where she had gone to buy candy, noted Reuters. She was repeatedly raped and stabbed, and her body was found in a wooded area the next morning with extensive knife wounds.
Moeller has been awaiting his death sentence in solitary confinement since 1992, reported Sioux Falls' Keloland TV. He will be transferred to a prison holding cell about a dozen steps from the death chamber before his execution.
Becky's mother, Tina Curl, will be one of the witnesses during the execution, according to another report by the Associated Press. She has been adamant in her wish to watch him die, even raising money in order to make the 1400-mile trip from her home in New York. She has said that Moeller watched her daughter take her last breath and that she wants to watch him take his.