"Mo. Supreme Court sets fall execution dates for 2 inmates despite lethal injection challenge," by AP,via the Washington Post.
The Missouri Supreme Court set execution dates Wednesday for two inmates after having declined previous requests to do so amid concerns about the state’s lethal injection process.
The high court did not state in its orders why it decided now to set execution dates. Executions essentially have been on hold in Missouri since the court declined last August to set dates for six inmates. The court said then that execution dates would be “premature” until a legal challenge in federal court was resolved regarding the use of the drug propofol as Missouri’s designated execution method.
On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court set an Oct. 23 execution date for Allen Nicklasson and a Nov. 20 date for Joseph Franklin.