A group of protesters held a vigil in front of the Boone County Courthouse Tuesday night expressing their views against the death penalty.
Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, or MADP, were protesting the scheduled execution of Joseph Franklin, who stated he killed as many as 22 people. MADP held other vigils across the state including St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Joseph and Joplin.
Missouri death row inmate Joseph Franklin has an unexpected advocate for the stoppage of his planned execution.
Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Foundation filed a motion in federal court to have documentation concerning Franklin’s planned execution unsealed.
Flynt was paralyzed from the waist down in 1978 after being shot by Franklin in Georgia in retaliation for Hustler containing an interracial photo spread. Franklin is facing execution for committing multiple murders.