Missouri executed convicted assassin Ernest Johnson on Tuesday night after each Governor Mike Parson and the US Supreme Courtroom declined to grant the clemency sought by Pope Francis, amongst others, on the grounds that Johnson was intellectually disabled.
Johnson, 61, was discovered responsible by a jury of murdering three convenience-store workers in 1994. He was injected with a deadly dose of pentobarbital, a robust barbiturate, within the state’s execution chamber within the metropolis of Bonne Terre.
He was pronounced lifeless at 6:11 pm CDT (2311 GMT), the Missouri Division of Corrections stated in an announcement.
His legal professionals stated there was overwhelming proof of Johnson’s mental incapacity. They requested the US Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday to halt the execution as a result of executing intellectually disabled individuals breaches a constitutional ban on “merciless and weird punishments.”
The conservative-majority Supreme Courtroom hardly ever blocks executions, and denied Johnson’s petition in a quick unsigned order late Tuesday afternoon. The Missouri Supreme Courtroom had rejected Johnson’s mental incapacity declare in August.
Johnson was born with fetal alcohol syndrome dysfunction, scored low on IQ exams all through his life and had the “every day residing expertise” of a 4-year-old baby, his legal professionals stated.
The pope and former Missouri Governor Bob Holden, a Democrat who stated 20 males had been executed throughout his personal tenure, had requested that Johnson’s life be spared. U.S. Representatives Cori Bush and Emanuel Cleaver II, each Democrats representing Missouri, additionally requested the governor, a Republican, for clemency.
Parson denied clemency on Monday for what his workplace referred to as a “brutal homicide.”
“Mr. Johnson’s declare that he’s not competent to be executed has been reviewed and rejected by a jury and the courts six completely different occasions, together with a unanimous determination by the Missouri Supreme Courtroom,” Parson’s workplace stated in an announcement.
A jury discovered Johnson responsible of bludgeoning to demise Mary Bratcher, Mabel Scrubbs and Fred Jones utilizing a hammer, a screwdriver and a gun.