Document - USA (Texas): Further information on Death penalty / Legal concern: Lonnie Earl Johnson (m)
PUBLIC AI Index: AMR
25 July 2007
Further information on UA
188/07 (AMR 51/124/2007, 19 July 2007)
USA (Texas) Lonnie Earl
Johnson (m), black, aged 44
Lonnie Johnson was executed
in Texas on 24 July. He had been sentenced to death in 1994 for the
murder of two white teenagers, Gunar Nelson Fulk and Leroy
McCaffrey, in 1990.
The courts refused to stay
the execution to examine claims that the prosecution had withheld
evidence at the trial supportive of Lonnie Johnson’s claim that the
shootings were committed in self-defence.
Lonnie Johnson becomes the
31st prisoner to be put to death in the USA this year, and the 19th
in Texas. There have now been 1,088 executions in the USA since
judicial killing resumed in 1977. Texas accounts for 398 of these
executions. Lonnie Johnson was the 100th prisoner to be executed
after being sentenced to death in Harris County, Texas.
No further action is
requested by the UA Network. Anyone wishing to send an appeal to
the Harris County authorities, please
seeUSA: One county, 100
executions, AI Index: AMR
51/125/2007, 20 July 2007,http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR511252007).