KEVIN “KJ” JOHNSON
In 2007, Kevin “KJ” Johnson, a Black youth, was sentenced to death for the killing of a white Kirkwood police officer, William McEntee, a crime committed when he was 19 years old. Despite many erroneous and unfair court rulings, grossly ineffective counsel, and racist prosecutorial policies, KJ remains on Missouri’s death row. On May 11th, 2022, the Missouri Attorney General motioned the Missouri Supreme Court to set an execution date.
LEONARD “RAHEEM” TAYLOR
Raheem was sentenced to death in 2008 for allegedly murdering Angela Rowe and her three children. Due to grossly ineffective counsel, the trial jury never heard evidence that could prove he was not present at the time of the murders. Aside from having a strong alibi, neighbors saw and talked to Rowe after Taylor left town. Raheem has a strong claim of innocence and his legal team is working to shed light on this grave injustice. Additional constitutional violations include the time awaiting trial, improper and prejudicial prosecutorial comments, and the striking of eligible jurors.
Scott McLaughlin was sentenced to death in 2006 for the murder of Beverly Guenther in Earth City. McLaughlin is one of several individuals on death row in Missouri sentenced to death by a judge rather than a jury following the jurors' inability to come to a unanimous sentencing recommendation. Missouri is one of two states that allow for non-unanimous jury sentencing in capital cases.
MARCELLUS “KHALIIFAH” WILLIAMS
Khaliifah was sentenced in 2001, for allegedly murdering Felicia Gayle. He has received two stays of execution, the last in 2017 by former Governor Greitens. A Board of Inquiry convened in 2018 to hear new DNA evidence supporting his innocence claim. The Board has not made a public statement.
Vincent McFadden is currently serving two sentences of death for the 2002 murder of Todd Franklin and the 2003 murder of Leslie Addison. His trials were rife with prosecutorial misconduct. Both initial sentences and convictions were overturned due to Batson violations. Significant legal issues are found in each of his cases.
Johnny was sentenced in 2003 for the murder of Cassandra “Casey” Williams, a young child, in Valley Park. Just days before the murder, Johnson was allowed to check himself out of a mental facility during while in active psychosis. Johnny has severe schizophrenia and other mental illnesses that should make him ineligible for execution.