Allen Nicklasson is the second inmate executed in the state in three weeks.
Convicted serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin is running out of legal options to stop his scheduled execution.
Joseph Paul Franklin faces execution one minute after midnight on Wednesday. It would be the first in Missouri in nearly three years and the first ever using a single execution drug, the sedative pentobarbital.
Attorney Jennifer Herndon wrote that the use of pentobarbital from a compounding pharmacy puts Joseph Paul Franklin at risk of an “excruciatingly painful execution.”
Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin is getting support from an unlikely source: Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who was paralyzed by a bullet apparently fired by Franklin 35 years ago.
Nicklasson was first set to be executed Oct. 23, when Missouri planned to use the anesthetic propofol for the first time but the execution was halted.
The Corrections Department said in a news release that it will use the sedative pentobarbital. The Death Penalty Information Center said 13 states use the drug for executions.
Gov. Jay Nixon halted Allen Nicklasson’s Oct. 23 execution following doctor protests along with threats from the anti-death penalty European Union to limit the drug’s export.
It’s been more than 27 years since William Happ strangled Angie Crowley and 24 years since he was sentenced to death. He’s scheduled to receive his sentence Tuesday evening: death by chemical injection at Florida State Prison.
St. Louis City and St. Louis County are two of the top fifteen counties in the nation when it comes to sending prisoners to death row.