UPDATE: Federal appeals court upholds execution of serial killer - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

UPDATE: Federal appeals court upholds execution of serial killer who murdered Madison couple

Posted:

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Missouri has upheld the execution of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, restoring the state's plans to kill Franklin just hours after the execution was blocked.

   
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled early Wednesday that Missouri could proceed with Franklin's execution. The order came just hours after a lower court blocked the execution and claimed the state's disputed protocol for administering lethal injection must be resolved.
   
The latest ruling means that only the U.S. Supreme Court can intervene and stop the execution.  Franklin's attorney attempted to ask the Supreme Court to take another look at the case, but the Supreme Court has denied another stay of execution, which means the white supremacist serial killer is set to be executed in Missouri.
   
The lower court judge said the state had not satisfied questions about the production of the pentobarbital Missouri planned to use. The judge chastised Missouri's frequently changing lethal injection plans, calling them a "frustratingly moving target."

Franklin is set to be executed for murdering a man in Missouri in 1977. He was also convicted of killing Alphonse Manning and Toni Schwenn in Madison earlier that year.

********

 

ST. LOUIS (WKOW) -- A federal judge has granted a stay of execution for a serial killer convicted of killing 22 people, including a couple from Madison.

U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled late Tuesday afternoon that a lawsuit filed by Joseph Paul Franklin and 20 other death row inmates challenging Missouri's execution protocol must first be resolved.

Franklin was scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing 42-year-old Gerald Gordon in 1977.

Franklin killed Alphonse Manning and Toni Schwenn in Madison because they were an interracial couple. Franklin, a white supremacist, says he was trying to start a race war.

********

MADISON (WKOW) – A serial killer whose murder spree included a couple from Madison is set to be executed on Wednesday.

Joseph Paul Franklin killed 22 people from 1977 to 1980, including Alphonse Manning and Toni Schwenn in Madison because they were an interracial couple.

Franklin, a white supremacist, says he was trying to start a race war back then.

During his spree, he killed two young African-American boys and shot and paralyzed Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt because of a spread that showed an interracial couple.

He'll be executed Wednesday in Missouri for killing Gerald Gordon outside a synagogue in St. Louis in 1977.

 

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WQOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact Director of Station Operations Lisa Patrow at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.