Missouri to execute man lawyers say is disabled, despite pope call for clemency

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By Jonathan Allen (Reuters) – Missouri is preparing to execute convicted murderer Ernest Johnson on Tuesday evening after Governor Mike Parson declined to grant the clemency sought by Pope Francis, among others, on the grounds that Johnson is intellectually disabled. Johnson, 61, was found guilty by a jury of murdering three convenience store employees in 1994. He is due to be injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital, a powerful barbiturate, at 6 p.m. CDT in the state’s execution chamber in the city of Bonne Terre. His lawyers say there is overwhelming evidence of Johnson’s intellectual di…

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