Sunday, December 15, 2013

Missouri executes man for 1994 killing

The 38th Execution of 2013

Missouri has executed a Kansas City man convicted in the 1994 death of a good Samaritan, reported the Associated Press.

Allen Nicklasson was pronounced dead nearly 23 hours after his execution was originally scheduled. The U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution prior to the execution.

The execution was the state's second in three weeks and the second since Missouri began using a single execution drug, pentobarbital. Racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed Nov. 20.

Nicklasson and two other men were returning to Kansas City after buying drugs in St. Louis in August 1994 when their car broke down. Excelsior Springs businessman Richard Drummond stopped to help them.

The men forced him to drive to a secluded area, where Nicklasson shot him twice in the head.
Nicklasson was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. December 11, 2013, eight minutes after the process began. His eyes remained closed throughout and he showed little reaction to the drug, briefly breathing heavily about 2 minutes into the process. He offered no final words.

Missouri Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell said Nicklasson prayed briefly with the prison chaplain about 20 minutes before the execution. No one from his family or the victim's family attended.

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