Judge stays execution of serial killer who killed Madison couple - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Judge grants stay of execution of serial killer who killed Madison couple

Posted:

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.

 

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.