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Mo. Attorney General Asks High Court to Set Two Execution Dates

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is once again asking the state's high court to set execution dates for convicted neo-Nazi mass-murderer Joseph Franklin and "Good Samaritan" killer Richard Drummond.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is once again asking the state's high court to set execution dates for convicted neo-Nazi mass-murderer Joseph Franklin and "Good Samaritan" killer Richard Drummond.

Kosteris asking the Missouri Supreme Court to reconsider its August 14, 2012 order denying an execution date. That's when the high court said it would be premature to set the dates until the legality of the new lethal drug protocol can be determined.

"The Court's current position has allowed successive, limited supplies of propofol to reach their expiration dates. Unless the Court changes its current course, the legislature will soon be compelled to fund statutorily-authorized alternative methods of execution to carry out lawful judgments," writes Koster in a statement.

The Missouri Department of Corrections announced in May 2012 it would become the first state to use propofol to carry out death sentences. The three-drug protocol was abandoned.

That's was in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to not take on a challenge to the state's lethal injection process in Clemons v. Crawford.

Joseph Franklin was convicted in 1997 for shooting and killing Gerald Gordon, who was standing in the parking lot of a St. Louis area synagogue after a bar mitzvah. Franklin also was convicted of shooting two other men who were in the synagogue parking lot.

Franklin was also 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.

Nicklasson 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 Mr. 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 in May 2009 for his role in the crime.

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