National digest: Serial killer receives stay of execution

November 19, 2013
MISSOURI
Serial killer receives stay of execution

A federal judge in Missouri has given a stay of execution to white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin just hours before his scheduled death.

U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by Franklin and 20 other death-row inmates challenging Missouri’s execution protocol must first be resolved. Franklin, 63, was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing Gerald Gordon, 42, in 1977.

Missouri had planned to be the first state to use the anesthetic drug propofol as a lethal drug, but Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered the department of corrections to come up with a new drug after an outcry from the medical profession. The department turned to pentobarbital made through a compounding pharmacy.

— Associated Press

FLORIDA
Harris’s husband dies in apparent suicide

The husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris (R), who became known nationally for her role in the contested 2000 presidential election, was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide at the couple’s Sarasota mansion, police said.

Anders Ebbeson, 68, was found dead at the home when officers were called, police said. The Swedish businessman had suffered from health issues in recent years, said the Rev. William Hild of Sarasota First Baptist Church.

Harris proved instrumental in delivering Florida’s contested electoral votes to President George W. Bush in 2000.

— Associated Press

New York bans tobacco sales to under21: Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation Tuesday banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21, making New York the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults.

L.A. airport shooting suspect leaves hospital: Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, who has been charged in the Nov. 1 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport that left one Transportation Security Administration officer dead, was released from a hospital Monday and placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, authorities said.

— From news services

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