Entries tagged with “Kevin Johnson

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Nov 28, 2022

Missouri Executes Kevin Johnson Despite Special Prosecutor’s Call to Vacate Death Sentence

Despite a court-appoint­ed spe­cial prosecutor’s request to vacate his death sen­tence, Missouri exe­cut­ed death-row pris­on­er Kevin Johnson (pic­tured, with daugh­ter Khorry Ramey, left, and new­born grand­son) on November 29, 2022. The exe­cu­tion moved for­ward after the Missouri Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court denied stays of exe­cu­tion fol­low­ing oral argu­ment in the Missouri high court less than 36 hours before the sched­uled exe­cu­tion. Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced dur­ing the court’s hear­ing that he would not grant clemen­cy in the case.

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Religion

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Aug 07, 2023

Religious Leaders Explain Why They Minister to Death-Sentenced Prisoners During Executions

Reverend Melissa Potts-Bowers, the spir­i­tu­al advi­sor to Michael Tisius, recent­ly described her expe­ri­ence min­is­ter­ing to him dur­ing his exe­cu­tion as quite hor­ri­fy­ing — as it’s intend­ed to be.” Mr. Tisius was exe­cut­ed by the state of Missouri on June 62023.