By Mascha Cenia, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
61 year old Missouri man was executed on Tuesday for killing 3 workers in a robbery of a convenience store almost 3 decades ago.
Johnson received a lethal injection. He was injected with pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. According to the NPR news, he silently mouthed words to relatives as the process began. His breathing became laboured, he puffed out his cheeks, then swallowed hard. Within seconds, all movement stopped.
He was pronounced dead 9 minutes after the dose was injected at 6:11 pm.
This was the first execution in Missouri since May 2020 and only the seventh in the United States so far according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Johnson was born with fetal alcohol syndrome because of his mother who was a heavy drinker during her pregnancy. In 2008, he also has been missing a fifth of his brain tissue after going through surgery to remove a brain tumour. According to NPR news, The state moved ahead with executing Johnson despite claims by his attorney that doing so would violate the 8th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits executing intellectually disabled people.