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Missouri Executes Man With Child's IQ

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October 7th 2021

Support The Show On Patreon!: Subscribe to Krystal Kyle & Friends On Substack!: A Missouri man has been executed for murder despite pleas for clemency by advocates who said he had an intellectual disability. Ernest Johnson received a lethal injection on Tuesday after the US Supreme Court refused to consider a stay of execution earlier in the day. The 61-year-old's pleas for leniency had received support from Pope Francis and two members of Congress. Johnson killed three convenience store workers in a 1994 robbery. Attorneys for Johnson argued he was ineligible for the death penalty because multiple IQ tests had shown he had the mental capacity of a child and read at a primary school level. Johnson, a black man, had been born with foetal alcohol syndrome after his mother drank heavily during her pregnancy. He had also been missing a fifth of his brain tissue since 2008 after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour. Follow Kyle on Twitter: #KyleKulinski #SecularTalk

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