Missouri: prisoner’s daughter barred from watching his execution

Missouri: prisoner’s daughter barred from watching his execution

A 19-year-old woman is asking a federal court to allow her to watch her father?s death by injection, despite a Missouri law barring anyone under 21 from witnessing an execution. Kevin Johnson faces execution Nov. 29 for killing Kirkwood, Missouri, Police Officer William McEntee in 2005. Johnson?s lawyers have appeals pending that seek to spare his life. Meanwhile, Johnson has requested that his daughter, Khorry Ramey, attend the execution, and she wants to be there. On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed an emergency motion with a federal court in Kansas City. The ACLU?s court filing said the law barring under 21s serves no safety purpose and violates Ramey?s Constitutional rights. The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday set an execution date for Kevin Johnson, who, at 19 years old, shot and killed a Kirkwood police officer in 2005. His execution is set for November 29.

A federal choose prevented Khorra Ramey (left) from being at her father Kevin Johnson’s facet when he’s executed (Image: ACLU)

An inmate’s daughter is not going to be allowed to look at his execution this night, a federal choose has dominated.

Kevin Johnson, 37, is scheduled to be executed tonight at a state jail in Bonne Terre for the homicide of a police officer in 2005.

Johnson requested that his 19-year-old daughter, Khorra Ramey, be at his facet when he receives the deadly injection. Nonetheless, Missouri regulation at present prevents folks below the age of 21 from witnessing executions.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed an emergency motion on Ramey’s behalf, who wanted to honor the wishes of her father.

Khorra Ramey built a relationship with her father while he was in prison (Picture: AFP)

Ramey was only 2-years-old when her father was convicted for murder. He built a relationship with her through personal visits, letters, and emails.

‘The violent murder of any citizen, let alone a Missouri law enforcement officer, should be met only with the fullest punishment state law allows,’ Ramey told the court.

However, a federal judge denied Ramey’s request on Friday.

In a written exchange with reporters from the Kansas City Star, Johnson expressed remorse for his crimes and sadness over leaving his daughter and newborn grandson.

Kevin Johnson was convicted in 2005 for the murder of a Kirkwood, Missouri police officer (Picture: Missouri Department of Corrections)

‘She means the world to me and I hate not being there for her,’ he said.

Ramey said she was ‘heartbroken’ by the news, and added that she was praying Missouri Governor Mike Parson would grant him clemency.

Johnson’s lawyers filed appeals to both the Missouri Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court asking for a stay in execution. They argued that Johnson was only 19 when he murdered Officer William McEntee, and Missouri has since passed a law barring teenage offenders from receiving the death penalty. Both courts denied the appeals.

Missouri Governor Parson has also indicated he intends for the execution to go forward.

‘The violent murder of any citizen, let alone a Missouri law enforcement officer, should be met only with the fullest punishment state law allows,’ Missouri Parson stated.

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