Allen Nicklasson has been executed for killing a good Samaritan who stopped to help him and his friends after their car had broken down in 1994. Nicklasson was convicted of shooting Excelsior Springs businessman Richard Drummond twice in the head.
Missouri corrections officials carried out Nicklasson's sentence shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the state and overturned a lower court stay. The 41 year old was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
After denying a clemency plea, Governor Jay Nixon issued a statement saying, "the brutality of this crime is unquestioned." And that a jury had decided it warranted the state's most serious punishment. Nixon said his decision "upholds the jury's action."
The execution is Missouri's second in three weeks and the second since Missouri began using the execution drug, pentobarbital.
Missouri's execution of the "Good Samaritan Killer" remains on hold.
Allen Nicklasson had been scheduled to die by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing businessman Richard Drummond in 1994. Drummond was shot to death after stopping to help when a car carrying Nicklasson and two others stalled along I-70 in central Missouri.
Monday night, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Nicklasson a stay of execution. Nicklasson is arguing that he didn't receive adequate legal representation at his trial.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed that stay to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday evening. Koster says the high court told his office that no ruling would be issued before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
If the court rules against Nicklasson, he could be executed at any time on Wednesday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has appealed the stay of execution for convicted killer Allen Nicklasson, calling the federal appeals court ruling "an abuse of discretion."
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday granted a stay for Nicklasson, scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing businessman Richard Drummond nearly two decades ago.
Late Monday, Koster's office asked for a hearing before the full 8th Circuit. By Tuesday morning, no decision had been made on that appeal.
After going nearly three years without an execution, Missouri had been preparing for its second in three weeks. The state executed racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin on Nov. 20. It was the first execution in Missouri using a single drug, pentobarbital.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A panel of federal judges has stayed a Missouri man's execution a little more than a day before he was set to die.
Allen Nicklasson had been scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing businessman Richard Drummond in 1994.
But late Monday a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to stay the execution on Nicklasson's claims of ineffective counsel.
A stay such as this in a death row case is not unusual and does not mean the execution ultimately will be scuttled.
The state is expected to appeal the decision to the full appeals court.
Two Missouri death row inmates now know when they're slated to die. The state's high court on Wednesday set execution dates for long-serving inmates Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster last month had asked the court to move forward with their sentences.
The court didn't explain why it decided to set the dates. Executions in Missouri have been on hold since 2012 when a federal court challenge was raised over the use of the drug propofol in executions in the state.
Nicklasson's execution is set for October 23rd and Franklin's is November 20th.
Nicklasson was convicted of the 1994 killing of Excelsior Springs businessman Richard Drummond, who stopped to help when a car used by Nicklasson and two others broke down on Interstate 70 in Callaway County. Another man in the car, Dennis Skillicorn, was executed in 2009.
Franklin was convicted of the 1977 sniper shooting of Gerald Gordon as a crowd dispersed from a bar mitzvah at the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation in Richmond Heights. Two others were wounded.