Johnson — who was convicted nearly 27 years ago of robbing a gas station and killing three clerks — was pronounced dead at 6:11 p.m. after administering a lethal injection, according to Karen Pozman, director of communications for the Missouri Department of Defense. Accordingly, the improvement.
The petition by Johnson’s lawyers, which was presented to Justice Brett Kavanaugh, argued that the 61-year-old “presented overwhelming evidence” of his intellectual disability.
“This Court must stay the execution of Mr. Johnson so that his petition for a certificate can be fully and impartially considered by this Court. The State has no interest in executing persons with intellectual disabilities. Of equity. The balance lies in Mr Johnson’s favour,” the application added.
Republican Governor Mike Parson said: “The state stands ready to deliver justice and fulfill the legal sentence Mr Johnson received as ordered by the Missouri Supreme Court.”
The US Supreme Court previously ruled against Johnson in May, after he sought his execution by firing squad for fear that the state’s lethal injection protocol could lead to excruciating seizures caused by his brain tumor. Johnson suffered from epilepsy as a result of a tumor and his lawyers argued that his condition would worsen if he was executed by pentobarbital, a class of drugs known to cause seizures.
Johnson said in a handwritten final statement shared with members of the media on Tuesday: “I am sorry and sorry for what I do.” He also said that he loves his family and friends and thanked his lawyer and those who prayed for him.