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      Nicklasson remains optimistic on death row

      Allen Nicklasson

      Just hours away from his scheduled execution, Missouri death row inmate Allen Nicklasson is optimistic that his life will be spared.

      Nicklasson is scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the 1994 murder of Richard Drummond, a businessman killed by Nicklasson and two other men after Drummond stopped to offer assistance when Nicklasson's car stalled on Interstate 70 in mid-Missouri.

      A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay on Monday, and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed, seeking a hearing before the full appeals court. By mid-afternoon, no decision on the appeal had been made.

      Nicklasson's attorney, Jennifer Herndon, says the 41-year-old inmate is in good spirits and happy, even as plans for the execution continue.