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Serial Killer Executed After Supreme Court Denies Stay

Last updated on Thursday, November 21, 2013

(BONNE TERRE, MI) - The state of Missouri has executed white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin.

Franklin was on death row for the 1977 murder of Gerald Gordon outside a St. Louis synagogue. He is blamed for 22 killings between 1977 and 1980.

Franklin admitted to shooting and wounding National Urban LeaguePresident Vernon Jordan in Fort Wayne, back in 1980, and shooting Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.

Franklin was trying to challenge Missouri's decision to use pentobarbital for his lethal injection, maintaining it would violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Tuesday, A lower court judge granted a stay of execution, saying the state of Missouri had not satisfied questions about the production of the pentobarbital the state planned to use. However, early Wednesday morning, The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the execution order and Supreme Court denied the stay of execution for Franklin.

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