Governor Jay Nixon issued this statement following the execution by the State of Missouri of convicted murderer Allen Nicklasson for the 1994 murder of businessman Richard Drummond:
“Richard Drummond’s act of kindness in stopping to help the occupants of a broken down car on Interstate-70 was repaid with an act of brutal and callous violence. For taking the life of this Good Samaritan, both Allen Nicklasson and Dennis Skillicorn were sentenced to die by Missouri juries, decisions that were upheld by the courts. Tonight the second of these punishments was carried out with the execution of Allen Nicklasson.
“I ask that Missourians remember Richard Drummond at this time, and keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Attorney General Chris Koster, after announcing that the U.S. Supreme Court had vacated the stay of Nicklasson’s execution, issued this statement:
“The highest court in the nation has removed the last restriction to carrying out the lawfully imposed punishment of Allen Nicklasson,” Koster said. “While the sentence carried out this evening cannot lessen the loss for Mr. Drummond’s family, it nonetheless will give them the knowledge that justice has been done. My thoughts and prayers tonight are with the family and friends of Mr. Drummond.”