Governor Jay Nixon says an execution scheduled for later this month, is postponed.
Nixon made the announcement today in response to recent controversy over the use of a new lethal injection drug. Missouri was prepared to execute Allen Nicklasson on October 23 and the state was going to use propofol. The use of the anesthetic drew criticism from the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists and Europe threatened to cut off the supply of the drug to Missouri if used in executions.
Nixon says he instructed Attorney General Chris Koster to request a new date for Nicklasson's execution. Nixon also instructed the department of corrections to develop a new form of lethal injection.
Joseph Franklin is the next death row inmate set to be executed, on November 20.
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The body of a 27-year-old boater missing for nearly a month has been found in the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri.
KFVS-TV reports that tug boat workers on Thursday found the body of 27-year-old Christopher Wescoat near a grain terminal in Portageville.
Wescoat had been missing since a boating accident on Sept. 16 near New Madrid, Mo.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Springfield officials say a longtime zookeeper was killed by an elephant at the city's Dickerson Park Zoo.
City spokeswoman Cora Scott says senior zookeeper John Bradford died Friday when a female elephant charged him.
Zoo officials say Bradford worked at the zoo at least 25 years and was a senior zookeeper.
Police continue to investigate the death and further details were not immediately available.