JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court has set execution dates for two inmates after declining requests to do so over concerns about the legality of the state’s lethal injection process.
The state high court did not explain in its orders Wednesday why it decided to set the dates. Executions essentially have been on hold since the court declined in 2012 to set dates amid a federal court challenge regarding the use of the drug propofol as Missouri’s newly designated execution method.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster last month asked the high court to set execution dates for long-serving inmates Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin.
The court set Nicklasson’s execution for Oct. 23 and Franklin’s for Nov. 20.