News

SD executes Moeller

SD executes Moeller Click to Enlarge Photo:

Oct 31, 2012 at 6:52 am

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KNSI) A South Dakota inmate was executed Tuesday night for the 1990 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared after leaving her home to buy sugar at a nearby store so she could make lemonade.

Sixty year-old Donald Moeller received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls, marking South Dakota's second execution this month in an unusual surge for a state that has carried out just two other death sentences since 1913.

Moeller was administered a lethal injection at 10:01 p.m. He took about eight heavy breaths before the breathing stopped. A coroner pronounced him dead at 10:24 p.m.

Moeller kidnapped Becky O'Connell from a Sioux Falls convenience store, where she'd gone to buy sugar to make lemonade at home. He drove her to a secluded area near the Big Sioux River, then raped and stabbed the girl. Her naked body was found the next day; and investigators said her throat had been slashed.

Earlier this month, South Dakota executed Eric Robert, a South Dakota penitentiary inmate who killed a prison guard during a failed escape attempt last year.

Mike Tanner

Posted By Mike Tanner

News Director

Mike Tanner's Profile

Leave a Comment

Current Weather

For Central Minnesota

Temp: 39°F (4°C)

Dewpoint: 35

Wind: 14 SE

Weather: mist

Full Forecast | Live Radar

Community Calendar

Mon December 22, 2014

Calls to Santa...

Wed December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve Service...

Thu December 25, 2014

CHRISTMAS DAY MEAL...

Sat December 27, 2014

Rubys Pantry Ogilvie...

Sat December 27, 2014

Rubys Pantry Ogilvie...