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      Governor won't stop execution of serial killer Joseph Franklin

      Monday afternoon, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon refused to stop the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin.

      Franklin's execution is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at the prison in Bonne Terre, Mo. It would be the first execution in Missouri using a single execution drug, pentobarbital.

      Franklin is on death row for killing Gerald Gordon outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.

      It was one of up to 20 killings believed committed by Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980. He was convicted of seven other murders but the Missouri case was the only one that resulted in a death sentence.