Missouri Attorney General seeks to execute two men, citing drug shortage
Attorney General Chris Koster cites limited and expiring supply of execution drug
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for two inmates before the state's supply of an execution drug expires.
Koster has renewed a request for execution dates to be set for Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin. The state's highest court refused to do so last August, citing a legal challenge to the state's newly planned use of the drug propofol as its execution method.
The attorney general's office said Monday that the Department of Corrections has a limited supply of propofol and much of it will expire next spring.
Nicklasson was convicted for the 1994 killing of a businessman traveling on Interstate 70 in Callaway County near Kingdom City.
He was found guilty of killing "Good Samaritan" Richard Drummond after Drummoned offered to assist Nicklasson, Dennis Skillicorn and Tim DeGraffenreid after their car broke down.
Drummond was kidnapped, driven to Higginsville, led into the woods and then killed execution-style.
Missouri executed Skillicorn in May 2009 for his role in the crime.
Franklin was convicted of killing a man outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.
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