Options running out for white supremacist serial killer as Missouri moves toward execution

Less than 24 hours before his planned execution in Missouri, options were dwindling for white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin.

Franklin is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing a man in a sniper attack outside a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977. It was one of as many as 20 killings committed by Franklin, who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country spree from 1977 to 1980. He was convicted of seven other murders but the Missouri case was the only one resulting in a death sentence.

On Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon refused to halt the execution, calling Franklin's crime in Missouri a "cowardly and calculated shooting."

The execution would be the first in Missouri in nearly three years.