SIOUX FALLS -- Attorneys for South Dakota death row inmate Donald Moeller continue to challenge his 1997 murder conviction with an appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
He argues in the federal habeas corpus action that he's illegally incarcerated because of constitutional violations at trial. A federal judge denied his challenge in March 2009 and then denied a request to alter or amend the previous ruling. Moeller now takes his case to an appeals court in St. Louis.
The 57-year-old Moeller was convicted of the 1990 rape and killing of 9-year-old Rebecca O'Connell of Sioux Falls and was sentenced to die.