Missouri Department of Corrections
A Cole County judge has rejected a Missouri death row inmate’s request to halt his upcoming execution by challenging the state’s refusal to disclose the identity of its drug supplier for lethal injections.
The St. Louis County man was convicted of robbery in 2000 but never sent to prison due to a Missouri Department of Corrections clerical error.
Mike Anderson says he’s grateful to everyone trying to get him free once more.
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.