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TODAY: Death Penalty Opponents to Hold Vigil

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield chapter of the Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) will hold a vigil Tuesday morning at Park Central Square.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield chapter of the Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) will hold a vigil Tuesday afternoon at Park Central Square.

The group says its vigil will begin at 11:30 a.m. and last until 1 p.m. The vigil will protest the execution of Joseph Franklin which is scheduled for 12:01 am, Wednesday, November 20th. Franklin is scheduled to die by pentobarbital injection.

Pentobarbital will be used after the Missouri Department of Corrections recently adopted a new execution drug protocol. Franklin's execution is the first scheduled since Governor Nixon postponed the execution of Allen Nicklasson due to concerns over the use of propofol for this purpose. 

"While there's no issue of innocence, Franklin retains as a human being a fundamental right to life," says Rita Linhardt, the state chair of MADP.

Franklin was sentenced to death for the October 1977 murder of Gerald Gordon in St. Louis, who was standing in the parking lot of a St. Louis area synagogue after a bar mitzvah. Franklin was also convicted of shooting two other men in the synagogue parking lot. On separate occasions Franklin was 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 Tennessee. He's also has claimed responsibility for the shooting of Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine.
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