Federal Judge Grants Stay of Execution in Missouri

5 years 6 months 4 days ago Tuesday, November 19 2013 Nov 19, 2013 Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:48:00 PM CST November 19, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - A federal judge in Missouri has given a stay of execution to white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin just hours before his scheduled death.

U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled late Tuesday afternoon that a lawsuit filed by Franklin and 20 other death-row inmates challenging Missouri's execution protocol must first be resolved.

The 63-year-old inmate was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing 42-year-old Gerald Gordon in a sniper attack outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.

It was one of as many as 20 killings committed by Franklin, who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980.

 

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