yesterday called on the Missouri Supreme Court to set execution dates for two convicted murderers.
The first, Joseph Franklin
was convicted in 1997 for the shooting death twenty years earlier of a man outside a Richmond Heights synagogue in suburban St. Louis. Franklin also was convicted of shooting two other men in the synagogue
parking lot that day.
Franklin also has claimed responsibility for the shooting of Larry
, publisher of Hustler
magazine after he became enraged over photos of an interracial couple
in the magazine.
Franklin has also been convicted for the murder of two African-Americans in Utah, the murder
of an interracial couple in Wisconsin, and the bombing of a synagogue in
In related news, the Missouri attorney general also called for an execution date for Allen Nicklasson
, who was found guilty in 1996 of first-degree
murder for the death of "Good Samaritan" Richard Drummond.
Nicklasson was the
trigger-man in the 1994 killing of Drummond, who had offered a ride to
Nicklasson, Dennis Skillicorn and Tim DeGraffenreid after their car broke down
on Interstate 70. The state executed Dennis Skillicorn last May for his role in
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit had put Missouri's lethal-injection protocol
on hold while it reviewed certain facts in Clemons v. Crawford
ruling denying rehearing December 22, 2009, cleared the way for several Missouri
cases to move forward, including these two.
Eighth Circuit has confirmed the constitutionality of Missouri's law in this
area, and our request reflects that fact," Koster said. "Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin both showed total disregard for the innocent people whose lives