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Missourians prepare for execution of Brian Dorsey

Brian Dorsey is scheduled to be executed by the State of Missouri on April 9th at 6:00 pm at ERDCC Prison in Bonne Terre, MO, for the deaths of his cousin, Sarah Bonnie and her husband, Ben, in 2006.  This case highlights the troubling flaws in the death penalty system. Brian deserves mercy. This can be seen in his blemish-free prison record and the overwhelming support from more than 70 Missouri correctional officers, 5 of his penalty phase jurors, a former Missouri Supreme Court judge who no longer stands by the court’s decision upholding Mr. Dorsey’s death sentence, Republican state legislators, mental health experts, faith leaders, and dozens of members of Mr. Dorsey’s family – who are also family members of the victims.


Over the span of two decades incarcerated at Potosi Correctional Center (PCC), Brian has never received an infraction. He is not a danger to society and should be allowed to live out the rest of his life incarcerated at PCC. The death penalty does not contribute to public safety and only continues to heap cycles of violence and trauma on a family who have been waiting for decades for closure for the loss of their loved ones.                     


Should the state move forward with the execution on Tuesday, Missourians are prepared to go “on watch.”


  • Jefferson City - Noon, Governor’s Office, 2nd Floor Missouri State Capitol, The Missouri Catholic Conference. Contact wichmerc@mocatholic.org.

  • St. Louis- 3:00 PM, St. Louis City Cir Court, Market and Tucker, Will carpool to Bonne Terre, MO following. Contact Margaret: mphillips@igc.org

  • KCMO - 5:00 pm, 39th, and Troost. Contact Bob at ronan@ieee.org for more info.

  • Columbia - 5:00 - 6:15 pm, Boone County Courthouse. MADP + MO-FOR Contact Jeff Stack at 573-449-4585 

  • Bonne Terre - 5:30 pm, Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (ERDCC), Execution Vigil and Remembrance of Victims of Violent Crime, MADP, contact info@madpmo.org or call 816-931-4177


As the people of Missouri unite in solidarity to uplift calls for #ClemencyForBrian we find ourselves at a pivotal moment. It is imperative that we acknowledge the failures in our legal system, reflect on the profound human toll of the death penalty, and advocate for alternative avenues to achieve justice.


Please continue to share calls to action for #BrianDorsey.


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