Missouri executes teen killer
A Missouri inmate was executed yesterday for abducting, raping and killing a Kansas City teenager nearly 25 years ago. Michael Taylor was lethally injected just after midnight, making him the fourth inmate executed by the state in as many months. His attorneys had argued that the state’s execution drug could have caused Taylor inhumane pain and suffering, but his last-minute appeals were denied by federal courts and the governor. Authorities say that 15-year-old Ann Harrison was waiting for her school bus on March 22, 1989, when Taylor abducted her along with another man, Roderick Nunley, took her to a house and raped and stabbed her to death. Nunley is also on death row.
Doctor jailed for 21 assaults
An anesthesiologist was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting 21 women while they were sedated, but still aware of their surroundings. George Doodnaught was convicted in November last year of kissing, fondling and forcing oral sex on the patients at Toronto’s North York General Hospital over a four-year period. In delivering the sentence, Ontario Superior Court Judge David McCombs called the crimes “shocking and abhorrent,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corp reported. During the trial, the defense argued that the victims had actually vivid sexual dreams caused by sedatives known to play tricks with memory and that Doodnaught could not have assaulted them undetected as he was only separated by a surgical screen from other people in the operating room. A researcher confirmed in court that the drugs can cause hallucinations, but said it was unlikely that the women, who did not know each other, would come forward separately with similar accusations against the same doctor.
Botched demolition kills one
A building collapse during a botched demolition in Buenos Aires has killed a worker and injured four others, officials said on Tuesday, as rescue crews searched for survivors. The deceased was 46 years old and of those wounded, one has been hospitalized, first responders said. In their search for possibly more victims, rescuers were removing rubble from the site in the city’s Once neighborhood. “We had reported that this structure could fall. There was a lack of accountability,” Ruben Pronotti, spokesman for the construction workers’ union, told TN television. Crumbling buildings, as well as those under construction or demolition, have caused 23 deaths and injured more than 100 people in the capital over the past four years, according to the city’s auditor-general and others.
WWII soldier identified
DNA tests on the remains of a World War II soldier kept in an crypt of German soldiers in Huisnes-sur-Mer have revealed that he was Canadian, a local official said on Tuesday. Tests on a tooth of the fallen soldier identified him as Lawrence Gordon, who fought for the US Army, Coutances prosecutor Renaud Gaudel said. The ossuary houses the remains of nearly 12,000 German soldiers from 11 burial sites. The tests were initiated on Sept. 13 last year to determine the identity of the unknown soldier, who had been presumed to be German. The Canadian man was born on June 26, 1916, and died on Aug. 13, 1944. “He was classed German because he was in a German jacket,” said Lucien Tisserand, curator of the German cemetery. “As is often the case, he did not have any identity tags on him.”