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Death Penalty Opponents Protest Franklin Execution

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Area opponents of Missouri's death penalty stage a protest of the execution of Joseph Franklin, ahead of his scheduled execution time.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Area opponents of Missouri's death penalty stage a protest of the execution of Joseph Franklin, ahead of his scheduled execution time.

Missouri's scheduled execution of a serial killer is on hold as of Tuesday evening.

A federal judge in Jefferson City stayed the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin Tuesday because of questions about how the execution was going to be done.

The state planned to use the sedative pentobarbital for the first time. 
It is commonly used to euthanize pets.

Franklin's execution was supposed to take place just after midnight.

Tuesday, members of the Springfield chapter of Missourians For Alternatives To The Death Penalty staged a protest over the noon hour at Park Central Square in downtown Springfield.

Donna Walmsley, a spokesperson for the group, says it doesn't believe the death penalty is good public policy.  And members point to other states which have repealed the death penalty. 
"It is a growing trend as people understand more about the death penalty, that it doesn't seem to be effective in reducing crime especially violent crime." 

The state director of the group says while there's no issue of innocence involving Joseph Franklin, they say as a human being he retains a fundamental right to life.

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