By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri's governor says the state will move ahead with two planned executions despite efforts in Europe to block a common anesthetic from being used in the procedure.
Jay Nixon says that the state and federal court systems will ultimately decide whether Missouri can use propofol to carry out the death penalty. His comments Monday came as the European Union considers possible export limits of the drug as part of its anti-capital punishment policies. An overwhelming amount of the drug's U.S. supply is made in Europe by a German company.
Convicted killer Allen Nicklasson is scheduled to die by injection on Oct. 23 in the state's first use of propofol for capital punishment. Joseph Franklin is scheduled to be put to death on Nov. 20