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Nixon: Missouri Executions Using Propofol Will Proceed

FAIR GROVE, Mo. -- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says the state plans to move forward with two executions this year, despite controversy surrounding the drug propofol in lethal injections.
FAIR GROVE, Mo. -- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says the state plans to move forward with two executions this year, despite controversy surrounding the drug propofol in lethal injections.

Allen Nicklasson is scheduled to die for the 1994 shooting death of a businessman who gave him and two others a ride on I-70. His execution is set for October 23rd. Next month, Joseph Franklin is set to be executed for shooting and killing a man standing outside a St. Louis synagogue.

Missouri would be the first state to use propofol in an execution. The European Union has threatened to block the export of the anesthetic to this country if it is used in an execution.

Missouri currently has enough of the drug to carry out three death sentences. several death row inmates filed suit against the state claiming the use of the propofol constitutes cruel and unusual punishment because the effects of a lethal dosage are unknown.

"I'm going to defer to the courts to define what these various methods are, but the bottom line is these are two fellows that have committed very violent acts and we're going to continue to move forward," Nixon told KOLR10 News Monday.  "We are monitoring what the courts are doing and are cognizant of how they interplay with this but, uh, but we want to see what various court actions have been filed."

Missouri Senator Kurt Shaefer asked the governor to consider a building new gas chamber. Nixon said that would be moving backward... that's why states have chosen lethal injections as the most humane method.
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