Jefferson City, MO (KSDK) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a motion with the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to delay setting an execution date for a Missouri death row inmate due because of continuing legal challenges.
The inmate, Joseph Franklin, a white supremacist, fired a rifle at worshippers leaving a St. Louis synagogue in October 1977, killing one and injuring two others. At the time, Franklin said he committed the crime because he considered Jews the "enemies of the white race."
Franklin did not confess to this shooting until 1994, when he was serving federal sentences for other crimes.
Joseph Franklin was convicted of murder in this case in 1997 and sentenced to death. Evidence linked Franklin to a pair of double murders, one in Utah and another in Wisconsin. He was also believed to have bombed a synagogue in Tennessee.
Attorney General Koster insists Franklin's lawyers are simply delaying the inevitable by challenging the legality of Missouri's execution procedures, specifically the use of the anesthetic propofol instead of the previous three-drug method. Koster says previous appeals regarding lethal injection have failed and take as many as two years to be resolved.
Missouri executed 66 death row inmates from 1989 through 2005. The state has executed only one inmate since then.