19-year-old girl asks court to let her see father’s execution

scheduled tribe. LOUIS (AP) — A 19-year-old woman is asking a federal court to allow her to watch her father die by injection, despite a Missouri law prohibiting anyone under the age of 21 from watching an execution. Has been

Kevin Johnson faces execution on November 29 for the 2005 killing of Kirkwood, Missouri, police officer William McEntee. Johnson’s lawyers have pending appeals seeking to save his life.

Meanwhile, Johnson has requested that his daughter, Khori 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 states that the statute barred under 21 serves no protective purpose and violates Remy’s constitutional rights.

Ramey called Johnson “the most important person in my life” in a court declaration.

“If my father was dying in the hospital, I would sit by his bedside holding his hand and praying for him until he died, both as a source of support for him, and as a necessary part of my grieving process.” As a support for me and for my peace of mind,” Remi said.

Johnson, now 37, has been in prison since Ramey was 2 years old. The ACLU said the two were able to form a bond through visits, phone calls, emails and letters. Last month, she had brought her newborn son to the jail to meet his grandfather.

ACLU attorney Anthony Rothert said that if Remy could not attend the execution it would cause him “irreparable harm”.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s attorneys have filed an appeal to stay the execution. They do not challenge his guilt, but claim that racism played a role in the decision to seek the death penalty and in the jury’s decision to sentence him to death. Johnson is black and McEntee was white.

Johnson’s lawyers have also asked the courts to intervene for other reasons, including a history of mental illness and his age – he was 19 at the time of the crime. Courts have moved away from awarding the death penalty to juvenile offenders after the Supreme Court in 2005 banned the execution of criminals who were under 18 at the time of the crime.

In a filing last week to the US Supreme Court, the Missouri attorney general’s office said there was no basis for the court to intervene.

The state’s petition states, “The surviving victims of Johnson’s crimes have waited far too long for justice, and every day they must wait is a day they are denied the chance to finally make peace with their loss.” goes.”

McEntee, a husband and father of three, was among police officers sent to Johnson’s home on July 5, 2005 to serve a warrant for his arrest. Johnson was on probation for assaulting his girlfriend, and police believed he had violated his probation.

Johnson saw officers arrive and woke up his 12-year-old brother, Joseph “Bum Bum” Long, who had fled to his grandmother’s house next door. Once there, the boy, who was suffering from a congenital heart defect, collapsed and had a seizure.

Johnson testified at the trial that McEntee barred her mother from entering the home to assist her brother, who died a short time later in hospital.

Later that evening, McEntee returned to the neighborhood to investigate unrelated reports of firecrackers being shot. That’s when he encountered Johnson.

Johnson pulled out a gun and shot the officer. He then went to the wounded officer on his knees and shot him again, killing him.

The execution will be the first of three in the coming months in Missouri. The state plans to execute convicted murderers Scott McLaughlin on January 3 and Leonard Taylor on February 7.

Sixteen people have been hanged in America this year. Alabama inmate Kenneth Eugene Smith was scheduled to die Thursday for murdering a preacher’s wife in a murder-for-hire plot, but the execution was put on hold as state officials rushed to inject the lethal drugs. Suitable vein not found.

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