ST. LOUIS (AP) – The fate of Missouri death row inmate Allen Nicklasson is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, but even though Nicklasson was scheduled for execution at a minute after midnight Wednesday morning, word came Tuesday night that the Supreme Court will not issue a ruling before 8 o’clock Wednesday morning.

A three judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had granted Nicklasson a stay of execution over concerns about his legal representation.

Tuesday the full appeals court declined to take up the case. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster then appealed to the Supreme Court.

Nicklasson was scheduled to die by injection at a minute after midnight Wednesday for the 1994 murder of businessman Richard Drummond. However the Attorney General’s office informed KMOX that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling will not come before 8 A.M. Wednesday morning.

Richard Drummond was fatally shot after stopping to help when a car carrying Nicklasson and two others stalled along Interstate 70 in central Missouri.


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