Governor Jay Nixon issued the following statement about Nicklasson’s execution:
"As Governor, my interest is in making sure justice is served and public health is protected. That is why, in light of the issues that have been raised surrounding the use of propofol in executions, I have directed the Department of Corrections that the execution of Allen Nicklasson, as set for October 23, will not proceed.
I have further directed the Department to modify the State of Missouri's Execution Protocol to include a different form of lethal injection. The Attorney General will immediately request a new execution date for Allen Nicklasson from the Missouri Supreme Court."
Nicklasson, 41, is on death row for the 1994 killing of Excelsior Springs resident Richard Drummond.
Medical experts have said that using Propofol, a widely used surgical anesthetic, to carry out executions poses “a substantial risk of causing severe and unacceptable levels of pain and suffering during the execution.”
Nicklasson’s attorneys argued that using the controversial chemicals would violate his constitutional right prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment.
Global health care company Fresenius Kabi issued the following statement:
“I want to thank Governor Nixon for his leadership on this important issue,” said John Ducker, CEO, Fresenius Kabi USA. “This is a decision that will be welcomed by the medical community and patients nationwide who were deeply concerned about the potential of a drug shortage. We are hopeful other states follow Governor Nixon’s lead on this vital matter of public health.
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