Ernest Lee Johnson was executed by the state of Missouri on Tuesday after he spent greater than 25 years on dying row following his conviction within the killing of three staff at a comfort retailer in 1994.
Johnson was scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. and died shortly after from an injection of pentobarbital on the state jail in Bonne Terre.
Lawyers for Johnson, who was 61 on the time of his court-ordered dying, fought to have his execution delayed or canceled and argued that he suffered from an mental incapacity, which, in accordance with them, made his execution by the state unconstitutional.
“This is not a close case,” attorneys argued in documents. “Ernest Johnson is intellectually disabled. To permit the State of Missouri to execute Mr. Johnson undermines this Court’s authority, and precedent and would represent a fundamental miscarriage of justice.”
Johnson’s execution got here after the Supreme Court declined to intervene with Johnson’s execution, writing that “the application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Kavanaugh and by him referred to the Court is denied. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.”
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) beforehand made clear in a statement Monday that he wouldn’t forestall the execution of Johnson from going down as scheduled.
Pope Francis and Missouri Democratic Reps. Cori Bush and Emanuel Cleaver petitioned to Parson to grant Johnson clemency, which he rejected.
Johnson was sentenced to dying in 1995 after he was convicted for the killings of Mary Bratcher, Fred Jones, and Mable Scruggs inside a Casey’s General Store in 1994. According to authorities, Johnson used a hammer and a screwdriver within the horrific slayings.
In his final statement, Johnson wrote that he was “sorry” and expressed “remorse” for what he had finished.
“I am thankful of all that my lawer [sic] has done for me. They made me feel love as if I was family to them. I love them all,” Johnson mentioned, providing appreciation for individuals who prayed for him over time.
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