Ernest Lee Johnson Executed

Ernest Lee Johnson was executed by the state of Missouri on Tuesday.

It was the first execution in Missouri since 2020.

Johnson died by lethal injection after 6 p.m. at a Missouri penitentiary in Bonne Terre.

Johnson killed three employees at a Casey’s General Store in Columbia in 1994.

Johnson’s attorney argued his client had an intellectual disability and executing him would be a violation of the Eighth Amendment.

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