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Execution dates are set in Missouri for two convicted murderers

Updated: 2013-08-15T03:41:03Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday set execution dates for two convicted murderers, including the killer of an Excelsior Springs businessman.

The court set an Oct. 23 execution date for Allen L. Nicklasson, whose co-defendant, Dennis Skillicorn, was executed in 2009. They were sentenced to death in the 1994 killing of Richard Drummond, who had stopped to help them when their car broke down along Interstate 70. A teenage co-defendant was sentenced to life in prison.

The court set a Nov. 20 execution date for Joseph Paul Franklin, who received a death sentence in 1997 for killing a man outside a St. Louis area synagogue in 1977.

Franklin also was convicted in a series of racially motivated killings in other states and the bombing of a synagogue. He has claimed he shot magazine publisher Larry Flynt in 1978, but he never faced charges in that case.

Missouri’s last execution was carried out in February 2011.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who earlier this summer filed a motion asking the court to set the execution dates for Nicklasson and Franklin, said Wednesday that he was pleased the motions were granted.

“The death penalty remains a legal punishment in our state,” Koster said in a written statement. “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.”

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