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Joseph Franklin, Serial Killer Who Shot Larry Flynt, Gets Execution Date in Missouri

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Joseph Franklin.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster may not have to bring back the gas chamber after all.

His office announced yesterday that the Missouri Supreme Court has granted the state's motion to set execution dates for two convicted killers who have exhausted all appeals of their death sentences in the state. It's a win for Koster who got national attention last month when he said Missouri might have to resort to the gas chamber, a decades-old execution method, because of prolonged legal battles and the approaching expiration of the state's execution drug supply.

One of the men on death row is Joseph Franklin -- a white supremacist and serial killer who famously shot Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine.

See also:
- Attorney General Wants Execution Dates For Two Men On Death Row
- Chris Koster Says Gas Chamber May Be Only Option Due To Legal Battles
- Missouri Attorney General Calls for Execution of Man Linked to Larry Flynt Shooting

Franklin's execution has been set for November 20, 2013, and Allen Nicklasson, the other individual on death row, now has an execution set for October 23, 2013.

This announcement means the fight to avoid death penalty could finally be over for both men.

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Larry Flynt.

Litigation regarding the use of propofol, the state's execution drug, has delayed both executions, and the Supreme Court ruled last August that the attorney general's request for execution dates was premature with the legal battles pending.

"For nearly a decade, the mere pendency of federal litigation has been used as an artificial hurdle, unauthorized by law or federal court order, to prevent the State from carrying out the death penalty," Koster said earlier this summer when he renewed a call to carry out the death penalty.

The gas chamber may be the only alternative, he argued at the time, noting that it is the only other method still on the books, even if it hasn't been used since the 1960s. (Governor Jay Nixon did not endorse the idea.)

This week, Koster is praising the courts for allowing the state to move forward.

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Allen Nicklasson.

"Last month, we renewed our request that the Court set execution dates for convicted murderers Joseph Franklin and Allen Nicklasson," he says in a statement. "We are pleased that the Court has reexamined the issue, and granted the motions. The death penalty remains a legal punishment in our state. By setting these execution dates, the Court has taken an important step to see that justice is finally done for the victims and their families."

Franklin, as we summarized in July, was convicted sixteen years ago for murdering a man named Gerald Gordon, who was standing in the parking lot of a St. Louis synagogue after a bar mitzvah when he was killed. 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.

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Another mugshot of Joseph Franklin.

And Franklin has claimed responsibility for shooting Flynt three decades earlier.

Nicklasson was found guilty in 1996 of first-degree murder for the death of Richard Drummond, a Good Samaritan. Drummond had reportedly offered a ride to Nicklasson and two others after their car broke down on Interstate-70; police believe Nicklasson is the one who shot the man dead, though one of the other suspects, Dennis Skillicorn, was executed in Missouri in May of 2009 for his role in the crime.

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robandtam
robandtam

So I can be the first to say this is discrimination as we white people get thrown in our face daily being called racist because we call or say the N word. This absolutely pisses me off all 3 are white and last 2 or 3 executions were all white men.. And yes the BLACK man Michael Taylor had executions put on hold for years stating the injection was painful... I think him throwing those beautiful girls off the chain of rocks bridge and raping them hurt worse... If I were these inmates I would throw as much paper to Jefferson City as Taylor and Clemons did scared of a needle ....

WB_9276
WB_9276

Should have let Franklin go to Utah, they still use the firing squad.

Lanie Dattilo
Lanie Dattilo

Why are those pieces of shit still alive, we don't have an efficient legal system.

Eric Brands
Eric Brands

rope is cheap and its found in every local hardware store..

Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

I'm not a capital punishment supporter, but after reading that guy's crimes I do believe he needs to die!

Greg Brown
Greg Brown

I was just about to comment on that gold wheelchair as well. Very shiny.

Nathan B Cromwell
Nathan B Cromwell

Hustler CEO has Gold Wheel Chair I wonder what kind of car he has

Steve Froemel
Steve Froemel

Yep...put a mustache on ...dead ringer...lol

Bill Jacobs
Bill Jacobs

was his eye like that before he shot larry or did that happen on larrys behalf?

Cathy Sullins
Cathy Sullins

Yes, Darrell Ford, he does look like Hitler! Franklin deserves what he's getting, a 1-way trip to hell.

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

Is it just me, or does he look like Hitler ?

Chris Clark
Chris Clark

can they do it in front of Rush Limbaugh's bust?

13_oclock_blues
13_oclock_blues

@Eric Brands Agreed Eric. I find it nonsensical (to say the least) that the authorities seem so preoccupied with "humane, compassionate" treatment when it concerns putting to death  criminals who likely felt no remorse, and even Enjoyed killing those who were innocent of any wrong against them.


13_oclock_blues
13_oclock_blues

@Jay Hemp Then by that statement Jay you are a "conditional" capital punishment supporter I would imagine. (conditional to the extent that you pick and choose your causes based on emotional sympathies for one victim, or set of victims over others. Very objective of you.)

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