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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.