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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Missouri AG seeking execution dates

Allen Missouri's attorney general is seeking execution dates for two men on Death Row, Joseph Franklin and Allen Nicklasson.

Nicklasson was one of the men convicted of killing Richard Drummond, an Excelsior Springs resident, on Interstate 70 when he stoppped to offer help. (Another person convicted in that case, Dennis Skillicorn, was executed last year.) The AP says that Nicklasson is the one who actually pulled the trigger.

Franklin Franklin, a white supremacist, is on Missouri's Death Row for murdering Gerald Gordon in 1977 in St. Louis after a bar mitzvah, though Franklin is better known as the guy who shot Larry Flynt, the publisher of "Hustler" magazine. He also says he shot superlawyer / Bill Clinton associate Vernon Jordan when Jordan headed up the National Urban League. We've written about him before here. And here's his Wikipedia entry.

(Franklin confessed to the Flynt and Vernon shootings, but he's never stood trial for either. He was reportedly upset about an interracial photo spread in "Hustler," Wikipedia says.)

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