Court refuses to lift death sentences of two KC men

The state supreme court has refused to lift the death sentences of two Kansas City men who tried to avoid a death sentence by avoiding a jury trial.

Roderick Nunley and Michael Anthony Taylor kidnapped, raped, and murdered a teenage girl. The court says the two pleaded guilty and waived jury sentencing specifically to avoid a jury sentencing them to death. A judge imposed the sentence, which Nunley and Taylor say is unconstitutional. But the court says they waived their right sto jury sentencing, meaning their rights were not violated when the judge sentenced them to death without a jury recommendation. [The Missourinet]