Missouri attorney general again asks high court to set execution date

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | 7:20 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider setting an execution date for a white supremacist convicted of murder.

Koster noted in a motion Wednesday that Joseph Franklin killed a man in 1977 outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue because he believed Jews were "enemies of the white race."

When Franklin confessed in 1994, he already was serving life sentences elsewhere for killing two black joggers in Salt Lake City and an interracial couple in Madison, Wis., and bombing a Tennessee synagogue. He also claimed to be the shooter who paralyzed Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.

Missouri's high court declined earlier this month to schedule executions for Franklin and five others, saying it would be premature until courts decide if the state's new execution method is constitutional.


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