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The Missouri Supreme Court's decision to move ahead with two executions this year is being questioned by some death penalty observers and opponents.

The state High Court on Wednesday set execution dates for condemned killers Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin. Missouri plans to become the first-ever state to use the anesthetic propofol for lethal injection. Propofol was used in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has declined to set execution dates for six condemned killers, saying doing so is "premature" until the courts decide if Missouri's new execution method passes constitutional muster.

Missouri first state to adopt propofol for executions

May 24, 2012
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The Missouri Department of Corrections will switch to propofol for all executions.

It’s is best known as the anesthetic that killed pop star Michael Jackson.

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Democrat State Senator Joe Keaveny introduced Senate Bill 786 Monday, which would require state auditors to compare the cost of the death penalty with other sentences.

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