Missouri

Pope Francis pleads for the life of a Missouri man with an intellectual disability sitting on death row

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

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.

And Representative Ernest Cleaver.

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Miles J. Edwards

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