Missouri set to execute Ernest Johnson today despite plea from Pope Francis to halt the execution

Missouri set to execute Ernest Johnson today despite plea from Pope Francis to halt the execution

Ernest Johnson, a Missouri man convicted of killing three convenience store workers during a closing-time robbery nearly 28 years ago is set to be executed despite requests for mercy from the Pope Francis, two federal lawmakers and thousands of petition signers.



Johnson, 61, is scheduled to die by injection Tuesday evening, October 5, at the state prison in Bonne Terre, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of St. Louis. It would be the seventh U.S. execution this year.



"The state is prepared to deliver justice and carry out the lawful sentence Mr. Johnson received in accordance with the Missouri Supreme Court's order," Parson, a Republican, said in a statement about his decision not to reduce the sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Jeremy Weis, Johnson's lawyer, said he was "very disappointed" by the decision.Latest Post
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