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Missouri man executed for killing 3 workers in '94 robbery

Posted at 5:32 PM, Oct 05, 2021

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been put to death for killing three workers while robbing a convenience store nearly three decades ago.

The execution was carried out over objections from racial justice activists, lawmakers and even the pope.

Ernest Johnson died from an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

The state moved ahead with the execution despite claims by Johnson’s attorney that it would violate the 8th Amendment, which prohibits executing intellectually disabled people.

In addition to low IQ scores, Johnson had fetal alcohol syndrome and lost brain tissue when a benign tumor was removed 13 years ago.