Justice System Moves Swiftly to Execute Serial Killer in Mo.

3 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, November 20 2013 Nov 20, 2013 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:23:00 AM CST November 20, 2013 in News
By: Nick Thompson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

BONNE TERRE - In a roughly 12 hour period, the justice system moved from issuing a motion to delay the execution of a convicted serial killer to allowing the Missouri Department of Corrections to administer a single lethal injection drug for the first time ever.

According to KSDK-TV in St. Louis, Gov. Jay Nixon's office gave the go-ahead to the Missouri Department of Corrections to execute Joseph P. Franklin at 6:05 a.m. At 6:07 a.m., Franklin was injected with pentobarbital and was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m.

It was the first execution in Missouri in nearly three years.

Franklin was convicted for multiple murders. He admitted to numerous killings of African-Americans and Jews around the country between 1977-1980.

Franklin was convicted for killing Gerald Gordon outside a St. Louis area synagogue in 1977. Overall, he was convicted for 8 murders, but he admitted to several others in prison and is believed to be connected to more than 20 killings.

Franklin's lawyer failed in last-stitched attempts to keep him alive hours before his execution. The Missouri Department of Corrections had a 24-hour warrant for executing Franklin, which was set to last from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday to 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Franklin was originally scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

After Franklin's lawyer temporarily succeeded in delaying the execution, two courts moved within hours to allow the state to execute him within the time window provided by the warrant.

U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey gave Franklin a stay of execution late Tuesday afternoon. Laughrey ruled Missouri needed to address an ongoing controversy with its lethal injection drug before it could proceed with the execution.

Franklin's lawyer and 20 other death-row inmates had challenged Missouri's execution protocol and the use of the drug pentobarbital. Franklin's lawyer Jennifer Herndon argued the drug had not been properly tested for use in executions.

Laughrey wrote the Missouri Department of Corrections "has not provided any information about the certification, inspection history, infraction history, or other aspects of the compounding pharmacy or of the person compounding the drug."

Laughrey said the execution protocol, which has changed repeatedly, "has been a frustratingly moving target."

According to the Associated Press, a second federal judge also stayed the execution, saying a defense appeal over Franklin's mental competency needed more review.

The state decided to appeal both rulings to the the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis Tuesday afternoon.

After midnight Wednesday, the appeals court sided with the state and lifted the stay of execution.

The appeals court ruling made the U.S. Supreme Court the last stop for Franklin's case. The Supreme Court denied a petition for a stay of execution after 5:30 a.m., which allowed the state to move forward with the execution.

Missouri used a single lethal dose of pentobarbital for the execution. In the past, the state used a combination of three drugs. The state decided to use pentobarbital after Gov. Jay Nixon disallowed the use of propofol.

Editor's Note: In the video attached to this story, the reporter said Franklin's execution was the first in the U.S. to use the drug pentobarbital. While Franklin's execution marked the first time Missouri has used the drug, it was not the first use nationally. Texas began using pentobarbital for lethal injections in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Helias Catholic High School won’t have to borrow Jefferson City High School’s stadium anymore after it opened... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 7:18:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri State Parks officials say they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses the agency sold meet... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:48:40 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Eclipse Events
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Missouri man convicted of killing a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter 19 years... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:30:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
PETTIS COUNTY - The man shot and killed at a trailer park outside the Sedalia city limits Thursday afternoon has... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 5:12:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - UPDATE: The suspect is now in custody and was processed in the Boone County Jail Friday evening. ... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 4:16:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Two U.S. senators from Kansas and Missouri say an emphasis on protecting the nation's food supply... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 4:11:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
FULTON - Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande stepped down as the 21st president of Westminster College Friday to pursue jobs in... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 4:03:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Continuous News
BOONE COUNTY – Attorney General Josh Hawley’s voting in the special election on Aug. 8 is being called into question.... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 3:35:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination could... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 3:06:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS — Two St. Louis police officers are injured after a car crashed into their police car. Police... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 1:33:30 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump has fired controversial White House Chief Strategist Steven Bannon, multiple sources reported Friday. Bannon was... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 1:08:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A police investigation has prompted a modified lockdown at Russell Boulevard Elementary School. Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 12:39:31 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
MOBERLY - A state medical board suspended the license for a doctor after finding he improperly gave drugs to and... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 9:27:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and woman Thursday afternoon on suspicion of burglary. Deputies were dispatched... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 8:53:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
RAYMORE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a suspected improvised explosive device has been detonated near a suburban Kansas City patrol... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 8:37:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Thousands of people are expected to gather at the state capitol Friday for a rally against the... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 8:07:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Jefferson City Police Department will be participating in the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 7:30:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Around one hundred years ago a team of astronomers confirmed Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity using the... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 7:30:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in Eclipse Science
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 74°
1am 71°
2am 70°
3am 69°
4am 68°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
12:37a
Last Call with Carson Daly
1:07a
The Insider
12:30a
Cheaters
1:00a
Cheaters
1:30a
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld