Moeller fought his conviction and sentence until July, when he said he was ready to accept death as punishment for his actions. He removed the final obstacle by persuading a federal judge to dismiss his long-standing challenge of South Dakota’s lethal injection procedure.
‘‘The law has spoken,’’ he said. ‘‘I killed. I deserve to be killed.’’
Just hours after Becky’s private memorial service in Sioux Falls, Curl and her husband had packed up their belongings and moved to Lake Luzerne, N.Y. She said she soon lost control of her life.
‘‘Right after Beck was murdered, I started drinking every day,’’ she said. ‘‘I drank from the time I woke up to the time I passed out at night.’’ She has dealt with a series of health problems, suffering a heart attack and quadruple bypass in 2003.
She said she hopes her trip back to Sioux Falls to watch Moeller’s execution will help still the memories of her daughter’s haunting crime scene photos.
‘‘I picture them every day in my head,’’ she said.