Missouri Department of Corrections
The court’s ruling, however, left Missouri less than three hours to meet an 11:59 p.m. deadline to execute Herbert Smulls at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
As Missouri prepares for its third execution in two months, a chorus of concerns is raised about the secretive process of obtaining the lethal drug.
Allen Nicklasson is the second inmate executed in the state in three weeks.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled early Wednesday that Missouri could proceed with Franklin’s execution, just hours after a lower court blocked it.
Convicted serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin is running out of legal options to stop his scheduled execution.
“As Governor, my interest is in making sure justice is served and public health is protected,” Nixon said in an emailed statement.
Missouri will move ahead with two planned executions despite efforts in Europe to block the common anesthetic propofol from being used in the procedure, Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday.
Missouri’s current prison population is 31,400 inmates, just about 100 inmates less than operating capacity. Corrections Director George Lombardi says they are ready to handle what courts send them.
Tom Clements served for more than three decades in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
“Well, you know, the children of incarcerated parents are 7 times more likely to go to prison than other kids.”