SD man to be executed Tuesday

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Oct 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KNSI) A man convicted in the 1990 slaying of a 9-year-old girl is set to die by lethal injection Tuesday, the South Dakota Department of Corrections announced Saturday.

The execution of Donald Moeller, 60, will be the second within a month in a state where executions are rare. Moeller's will bring to 18 the number of executions in the state or Dakota Territory since 1877, and just the fourth since 1913.

Moeller is scheduled be executed at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls, the same site of Eric Robert's Oct. 15 lethal injection.

Moeller's attorney, Mark Marshall, declined comment on Saturday. Attorney General Marty Jackley did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

Authorities say Moeller kidnapped Becky O'Connell from a Sioux Falls convenience store, drove her to a secluded area near the Big Sioux River, then raped and killed her. Her naked body was found the next day; she had been stabbed and her throat was slashed.

The girl's mother, Tina Curl, plans to drive with her husband to Sioux Falls from New York state to witness the execution.

Moeller fought his conviction and sentence for years, but in July he said he was ready to accept death as the consequence of his actions.

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