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Missouri murders Ernest Johnson, Oct. 5th

Yesterday, on October 5, 2021, Ernest Johnson was executed by the state of Missouri. He was well-loved by his many siblings, family members, and friends.

"Ernest Johnson is perhaps one of the purest of heart human beings I have ever had the blessing of meeting. We know that was not always the case, as he was immersed in personal trauma, suffering and self medicating at the time of his crime.

Today, however, some 27 years later, the work that God has done through the Holy Spirit in his life is undeniable. Ernest is a gentle, kind, loving man. He participated faithfully in his Christian church within the Potosi Correctional Center. While self conscious about his intellectual struggles, he prays daily for others. He struggles immensely with reading his bible, but is diligent in his efforts and asks frequent questions of both Pastor Cassell and myself.

Ernest is intentional in loving others, and always puts the needs and concerns of those he loves before his own.

He is a son, brother, uncle and friend to many. He contends with his suffering and trials with humor, and he loves food. Especially pizza, hamburgers and ice cream. He delights in the small blessings he is afforded, and quick to testify to God’s love shown him in even the smallest of mercies.

Ernest is our brother in Christ, and there is now no condemnation for him. Woe to anyone who says or acts differently than the Word of God instructs. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”-Christ Jesus -Kelly D. Watts, spiritual advisor to Ernest Lee Johnson

Today we are filled with great sadness as we mourn the loss of Mr. Johnson. We are so grateful for the thousands of people in Missouri who called the Governor, and held space for Ernest across Missouri to voice opposition to this murder.

There are 19 people left on Missouri’s death row. We need you to stay with us, and work with us until we abolish the death penalty once and for all. Learn more and get involved by visiting

Death is not justice.

In solidarity, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

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