JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The United States Supreme Court overruled an 8th Circuit Court of Appeals stay today, Dec. 11, and the execution of Allen Nicklasson will happen this evening, according to Attorney General Chris Koster.
Nicklasson received the death sentence in 1996 for the murder of Richard Drummond in 1994.
“The highest court in the nation has removed the last restriction to carrying out the lawfully imposed punishment of Allen Nicklasson,” Koster said in a statement. “While the sentence carried out this evening cannot lessen the loss for Mr. Drummond’s family, it nonetheless will give them the knowledge that justice has been done. My thoughts and prayers tonight are with the family and friends of Mr. Drummond.”
Earlier today, Gov. Jay Nixon received a final briefing on the petition for clemency from Nicklasson, which was denied after deliberation.
The following is a statement released from the Governor’s office from Gov. Jay Nixon regarding his decision:
Earlier today, I received from my counsel a final briefing on the petition for clemency from Allen Nicklasson, which has been reviewed in detail. After careful deliberation, I have denied this petition.
As Governor, this is a power and a process I do not take lightly. Each instance involves a very specific set of facts, which must be considered on its own.
The brutality of this crime is unquestioned. Allen Nicklasson was convicted of murdering Richard Drummond, a Good Samaritan who had stopped along Interstate 70 to help Nicklasson and Dennis Skillicorn, an accomplice who already has been executed for the Drummond murder. The jury that convicted Nicklasson determined that he deserved the most severe punishment under Missouri law, and my decision on clemency upholds the jury’s action. Both the conviction and the death sentence of Allen Nicklasson have held up under extensive judicial review by the state and federal courts.
I ask that Missourians remember Nicklasson’s victims at this time and keep their families and friends in their thoughts and prayers.