Joseph Paul Franklin, the white supremacist convicted of eight murders, was executed Wednesday morning after a Missouri court refused to grant a stay. Franklin had been granted the reprieve after a lower court claimed Missouri’s lethal-drug dispute must be solved before he could be executed. The state has been debating the use of the drug pentobarbital after European drugmakers refused to ship propofol, the current drug used in executions. Franklin was also convicted of shooting both Larry Flynt and civil-rights leader Vernon Jordan.
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