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Missouri executes serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin: official

(Reuters) - Missouri serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed by lethal injection early Wednesday, an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for him to be put to death.

Franklin, 63, was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. CT (1217 GMT) at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, according to Mike O'Connell of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

(Reporting by Karen Brooks; Editing by Scott Malone)