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Joseph Paul Franklin, White Supremacist Killer Who Shot Larry Flynt, To Be Executed

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Avowed racist and convicted murderer Joseph Paul Franklin gestures while seated in the courtroom in Clayton, Mo., Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997. Franklin, who threatened to kill again if allowed to live, was sentenced to death for killing a man in a sniper shooting at a synagogue in 1977. The 46-year-old Franklin represented himself during the trial and had asked the all-white, all-male jury for the death sentence, thanking the court for a fair trail after the sentencing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Disp | ASSOCIATED PRESS

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Lawyers for white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution, which is set to take place in Missouri.

The early Wednesday development comes after a federal appeals court lifted a stay of execution issued earlier by a federal judge.

The motion seeking a stay of execution cites questions over the state's lethal injection protocol.

The Supreme Court did not immediately issue a ruling on the petition.

Franklin's killing spree included a man's slaying outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.

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