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Missouri Supreme Court decides whether execution of St. Louis man should be halted – Newstalk KZRG ” Missouri

“Our hope is that the Missouri Supreme Court will grant the stay to stop the execution and remit this case for evidence to the lower court so that the special prosecutor and we can present our evidence of racial basis in this case to the lower court.” court,” Nolan said.

During Johnson’s first trial in 2007, the jury reached an impasse, earning him the lesser offense of second-degree murder. Months later, a new jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

McEntee was one of the police officers dispatched to Johnson’s home on July 5, 2005 to serve an arrest warrant against him. Johnson was on probation for assaulting his girlfriend, and police believed he violated probation. After waking up his 12-year-old brother, Joseph “Bam Bam” Long, the boy ran to the nearest store to his grandmother’s house, where he had a seizure and collapsed.

Johnson testified in court that McEntee prevented his mother from entering the home to help his brother. Bam Bam later died in hospital.

Later that night, when McEntee was returning to the neighborhood to check out a firecracker report, Johnson shot and killed McEntee.

“There is no motion for the court to just vacate it [his sentence] and Kevin goes home, that’s not what happens,” Nolan said, referring to what would happen if the Supreme Court stayed the execution. “We would return to the district court, which is the trial court, and the special prosecutor will present the evidence he uncovered over the last month that he had the case.”

A special prosecutor was assigned to the case after a new law was passed by the Missouri General Assembly last year that allows a prosecutor to file a motion to set aside and set aside a sentence if the convicted person is “innocent or wrongly convicted.” ” could be.

Johnson’s daughter, 19-year-old Khorry Ramey, is asking the governor for clemency for her father.

“It’s a really good relationship, he was my only living parent for most of my life,” Ramey said. “My mother died when I was four, so I only know my father.”

If a pardon is not granted, Ramey wants to be in the room with her father when he is executed by lethal injection on November 29, but state law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from attending an execution.

“She’s the same age now as Kevin was when he committed this crime and that’s an ironic fact,” Nolan said. “The state of Missouri allows the execution of someone who was 19 when they committed a crime, but they won’t let their daughter in because she’s 19. That doesn’t make much sense to me.”

Ramey was 2 years old when Johnson was jailed. Last month, Ramey took her newborn son to jail to meet his grandfather.