JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the postponement of an execution Friday due to the recent controversy around a lethal injection drug.
In a statement released Friday morning, Gov. Nixon said that he ordered for the execution of Allen Nicklasson, which was set for Oct. 23, to be postponed, which would have included the use of propofol.
Recently, the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists opposed the use of propofol, which is used as an anesthesia for surgery, in executions. Europe has threatened to cut off the supply of the drug to Missouri if used in executions.
Makers of drugs used in previous executions have not prohibited the use.
Missouri would have been the first state to use propofol in an execution.
Attorney General Chris Koster will ask for a new execution date from the Missouri Supreme Court, Nixon said in the statement.