Bonne Terre, Missouri – Ernest Johnson, a 61-yar-old man with an intellect of a ten-year-old sits awaits his execution by lethal injection.
During a 1994 trial, Johnson was convicted and sentenced to death for the armed robbery and murders of three people at a convenience store. Johnson had later reportedly admitted of the robbery and killing the three people with the claw side of a hammer.
Now nearly thirty years later and Johnson’s execution draws closer: 6pm CT on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
Many people such as Pope Francis have been trying to stop the execution from moving forward. Pope has forwarded a letter to Governor Mike Parso requesting that he stop the execution by granting a stay
Pope Francis sent a letter requesting clemency for #ErnestJohnson to @GovParsonMO this week through the Vatican’s ambassador to the U.S. The Pope “wishes to place before you the simple fact of Mr. Johnson’s humanity and the sacredness of all human life.” pic.twitter.com/rpWfTPZOFE— Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) October 1, 2021
Other people who have tried to come to Johnson’s aide were former Missouri Governor, Bob Holden, sharing with the governor, “As one of just a few living people who understand the multiple pressures of the office, I am also compelled by conscience and fidelity to democracy to respectfully urge the governor to stay the execution and commute Johnson’s death sentence to life without the possibility of parole.”
Representative Cori Bush (D) and shared this tweet.
In Missouri, the killers of white victims are 7-times more likely to receive the death penalty than the killers of Black victims.— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) October 5, 2021
The death penalty is a tool that perpetuates racialized violence.
It needs to be abolished. Ernest Johnson must not be executed. https://t.co/Ac9uyK2qj2
And Representative Ernest Cleaver.
State-sanctioned execution of the intellectually disabled is both morally reprehensible and egregiously unconstitutional.— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) October 4, 2021
That’s why @RepCori and I are calling on Governor Parson to stay the execution of Ernest Johnson.https://t.co/X4rr8oAZnQ