ST. LOUIS (WKOW) -- A federal judge has granted a stay of execution for a serial killer convicted of killing 22 people, including a couple from Madison.
U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled late Tuesday afternoon that a lawsuit filed by Joseph Paul Franklin and 20 other death row inmates challenging Missouri's execution protocol must first be resolved.
Franklin was scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing 42-year-old Gerald Gordon in 1977.
Franklin killed Alphonse Manning and Toni Schwenn in Madison because they were an interracial couple. Franklin, a white supremacist, says he was trying to start a race war.
MADISON (WKOW) – A serial killer whose murder spree included a couple from Madison is set to be executed on Wednesday.
Joseph Paul Franklin killed 22 people from 1977 to 1980, including Alphonse Manning and Toni Schwenn in Madison because they were an interracial couple.
Franklin, a white supremacist, says he was trying to start a race war back then.
During his spree, he killed two young African-American boys and shot and paralyzed Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt because of a spread that showed an interracial couple.
He'll be executed Wednesday in Missouri for killing Gerald Gordon outside a synagogue in St. Louis in 1977.