Pope Asks Missouri to Halt Execution of Inmate Believed to Be Intellectually Disabled

Pope Francis pleaded with Missouri Governor Mike Parson to remember the “sacredness of all life” last week as an inmate faces the death sentence, the Associated Press reported.

Ernest Johnson, 61, is set to be executed Tuesday at 6 p.m. for killing three people during a convenience store robbery in 1994.

Jeremy Weis, Johnson’s attorney, said that executing Johnson is prohibited by the Eighth Amendment, which prevents executing intellectually disabled people.

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