Ernest Lee Johnson was executed by the state of Missouri on Tuesday after he spent more than 25 years on death row following his conviction in the killing of three employees at a convenience store in 1994.
Johnson was scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. and died shortly after from an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
Lawyers for Johnson, who was 61 at the time of his court-ordered death, fought to have his execution delayed or canceled and argued that he suffered from an intellectual disability, which, according to them, made his execution by the state unconstitutional.
Johnson’s execution came after the Supreme Court declined to interfere with Johnson’s execution, writing that “the application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Kavanaugh and by him referred to the Court is denied. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.”
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