Criminal Justice

Confessed Racial Killer Executed After High Court Denies Stay

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November 20, 2013 —  A white supremacist who went on a cross-country killing rampage from 1977 to 1980 has been put to death in Missouri.

A lethal injection was given to 63-year-old Joseph Paul Franklin this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court denied him a stay of execution.

Franklin was given the death penalty for killing a man in a sniper shooting at a synagogue near St. Louis in 1977, but he was convicted of seven other murders and admitted shooting and wounding civil rights leader Vernon Jordan and Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.

Franklin, condemned to die in Missouri, was acquitted of shooting civil rights leader Jordan in Fort Wayne but later confessed to the crime.

Jordan, then president of the Urban League, was shot in the back and critically wounded on May 29, 1980. The shooting occurred in a hotel parking lot.



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