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Missouri Executes Convicted Killer

Missouri has executed a convicted killer for the second time in three weeks.

(BONNE TERRE, Mo.) Nearly 23 hours after he was originally scheduled to be executed, convicted murderer Allen Nicklasson was put to death late Wednesday night.

Nicklasson was pronounced dead at 10:52 P.M., eight minutes after receiving the drug pentobarbital.  No one from his family or the victim's family attended.

The execution came after delays from both a three judge panel over concerns about Nicklasson's legal representation and a petition for clemency sent to Governor Jay Nixon.

Governor Nixon said he denied clemency because he felt the brutality of the crime deserved the most severe punishment under Missouri law.

Nicklasson was convicted of the August 1994 shooting death of Richard Drummond, a good samaritan who had stopped along Interstate 70 to help Nicklasson and has accomplice, Dennis Skillicorn.  Skillicorn was already executed for the murder in May of 2009.

This was the second execution in three weeks for Missouri after a nearly three-year hiatus.

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