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Execution looms for man who killed Lake Luzerne girl

Posted at: 10/30/2012 5:27 AM
Updated at: 10/30/2012 1:24 PM
By: AP

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man convicted of raping and murdering a 9-year-old girl from Lake Luzerne is scheduled for execution in South Dakota, ending a 22-year-long legal saga that left a mark on the people of Sioux Falls.
    
Shortly after Becky O’Connell had moved to Sioux Falls, 60-year-old Donald Moeller abducted her as she walked to a grocery store in May 1990. He was sentenced to death in 1992, but his execution was delayed by appeals and legal complications. It's scheduled for Tuesday.
    
The child's mother, Tina Curl, later mvoed back to Lake Luzerne. She plans to drive back to Sioux Falls to watch the execution. She said the death of her daughter led her into years of alcoholism. Residents said the case changed how they felt about their city.
    
Moeller's death sentence was the first handed down in South Dakota since the 1940s.

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