Missouri executes man said to be disabled despite calls for clemency from Pope Francis

A convicted murderer has been executed in Missouri after both the state’s governor and the US Supreme Court declined to grant clemency sought by Pope Francis on the grounds that the man was intellectually disabled.

Ernest Johnson, 61, was found guilty of killing three convenience store employees in 1994.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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