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USA: Further information: Man executed despite intellectual disability: Ernest Lee Johnson

Index Number: AMR 51/4861/2021

Ernest Lee Johnson was executed in Missouri on 5 October 2021. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1995 for the murders of three employees of a convenience store in Missouri. A jury sentenced him to death despite a claim of intellectual disability, in violation of international law. The courts denied his requests for an alternative method of execution, due to the risk of violent seizures from the lethal injection drugs linked to a medical condition. State and federal courts denied his final appeals for relief and the Governor of Missouri refused to halt the execution or commute his sentence.

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