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  • Missouri attorney general presses for two executions

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  • 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 today 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.
    Franklin was convicted of killing a man outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.
    The killing involving Nicklasson has an Eastern Jackson County connection. Nicklasson, Skillicorn and a Blue Springs teenager, Tim DeGraffenreid, were convicted in the death of Richard Drummond. Their car had broken down on I-70, and he offered the three a ride. At gunpoint, they made him drive to Layfayette County, were he was shot. Nicklasson and Skillicorn dropped DeGraffenreid off in Blue Springs – he later led authorities to the body – and they headed west. They had more car trouble, and in Arizona they killed a man who tried to help them and then killed that man’s while. Police caught them in California six weeks after the Drummond murder.
    Missouri executed Skillicorn in 2009. DeGraffenreid remains in prison.
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