Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:31:01 GMT — Monday afternoon, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon refused to stop the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin. Franklin's execution is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at the prison in Bonne Terre, Mo. It would be the first execution in Missouri using a single execution drug, pentobarbital. Franklin is on death row for killing Gerald Gordon outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.
It was one of up to 20 killings believed committed by Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980. He was convicted of seven other murders but the Missouri case was the only one that resulted in a death sentence.