The attorney for Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls has asked a federal court for a 60-day stay of execution.
Attorney Jennifer Herndon wrote that the use of pentobarbital from a compounding pharmacy puts Joseph Paul Franklin at risk of an “excruciatingly painful execution.”
Lance Shockley of Van Buren was convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of State Highway Patrol Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr.
Missouri Attorney General Koster filed orders in six cases asking inmates to “show cause” why they shouldn’t be executed.
Chris Koster last month asked the Missouri Supreme Court to set execution dates for up to 19 condemned men.