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Missouri Executes Kevin Johnson After SCOTUS Denies Stay

HeadlineNov 30, 2022

In Missouri, 37-year-old Black father and grandfather Kevin Johnson was executed Tuesday evening by lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his last plea for a stay of execution. A special prosecutor had asked the Missouri Supreme Court to halt Johnson’s execution in order to fully investigate evidence of pervasive racism in his prosecution, but that request was denied Monday. Johnson was sentenced to die for the 2005 murder of a Kirkwood police officer. Johnson was only 19 years old at the time of the incident. His 19-year-old daughter Khorry Ramey had filed a lawsuit with the ACLU challenging a Missouri law that banned her from witnessing her father’s death because she’s under the state’s age threshold of 21.

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