Execution Date Set for KC Man

| August 15, 2013
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Photograph courtesy of the Missouri Department of Corrections.

The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for a former Kansas City resident amid a federal court challenge regarding the use of the drug, Propofol.  Executions were halted in 2012 when the high court declined to set dates, citing concerns about Missouri’s lethal injection process.

Allen Nicklasson, now 41, is scheduled to be put to death on Oct. 23.  He was found guilty in 1996 in the slaying of “Good Samaratin” Richard Drummond, of Excelsior Springs.  Prosecutors said Drummond was shot and killed after he had offered a ride to Nicklasson, Dennis Skillicorn and Tim DeGraffenreid.  The trio was heading east on Interstate 70 from Kansas City to obtain illegal drugs when their car broke down, according to court documents.  Investigators said Drummond offered to drive the men to use a phone.  They reportedly kidnapped Drummond at gunpoint and later led him into the woods near Higginsville.  Autopsy results reveal Drummond was shot twice with a .22 caliber pistol.  His remains were found about one week later.

Authorities said Skillicorn and Nicklasson fled to Arizona where they killed a second “Good Samaritan” and his wife.  Joseph, 47, and Charlene Babcock, 38, stopped to help the alleged fugitives with their stalled vehicle.

Missouri executed Skillicorn in May 2009 for his role in the crime. DeGraffenreid, who was 17 when the crimes occurred, served time for second-degree murder.

Missouri’s last execution was carried out in 2011.

Press Release from the Office of Attorney General Chris Koster

Jefferson City, Mo.Attorney General Chris Koster Wednesday announced that the Missouri Supreme Court had granted the State’s motion to set execution dates for Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin, both of whom have exhausted all appeals in their death sentences. The Court set Nicklasson’s execution for October 23, 2013, and Franklin’s execution for November 20, 2013.

“Last month, we renewed our request that the Court set execution dates for convicted murderers Joseph Franklin and Allen Nicklasson,” Koster said. “We are pleased that the Court has reexamined the issue, and granted the motions.  The death penalty remains a legal punishment in our state.  By setting these execution dates, the Court has taken an important step to see that justice is finally done for the victims and their families.”

Nicklasson was found guilty in 1996 of first degree murder for the death of “Good Samaritan” Richard Drummond.  Nicklasson was the trigger-man in the 1994 killing of Mr. Drummond, who had offered a ride to Nicklasson, Dennis Skillicorn and Tim DeGraffenreid after their car broke down on Interstate 70.  The State executed Dennis Skillicorn in May 2009 for his role in the crime.

Franklin was convicted in 1997 for shooting and killing Gerald Gordon, who was standing in the parking lot of a St. Louis area synagogue after a bar mitzvah.  Franklin also was convicted of shooting two other men who were in the synagogue parking lot.  While Franklin will be executed for his crimes in Missouri, he also was convicted for the murder of two African-Americans in Utah, the murder of an interracial couple in Wisconsin, and the bombing of a synagogue in Tennessee.  Franklin also has claimed responsibility for the shooting of Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine.

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