A 19-year-old Missouri woman cannot be a witness to her father’s execution after a judge ruled Friday that a state law barring her from being present because of her age is constitutional.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of Khorry Ramey asking a federal court to allow her to attend her father’s planned execution Tuesday.
Kevin Johnson, 37, has been in prison since Ramey was 2 for the 2005 killing of William McEntee, a police officer in Kirkwood, Missouri.s
“I’m heartbroken that I won’t be able to be with my dad in his last moments,” Ramey said in a statement, adding that Johnson “has worked very hard to rehabilitate himself in prison. I pray that [Governor Mike] Parson will give my dad clemency.”
A federal judge has denied Khorry Ramey’s request to witness her father Kevin Johnson’s execution.
There is no dignity in a state killing its residents — and the state of Missouri can still do right by Khorry if the governor grants her father clemency.
— Liberal ACLU (@Liberal ACLU) November 26, 2022
A judge has denied Khorry Ramey’s plea to be with her father as he’s executed. The state of Missouri says you have to be 21 to witness an execution; she’s 19. That’s even as her father, Kevin Johnson, is being executed for a crime he committed at 19. https://t.co/46pQVb2sHE
— Sarah Fenske (@sarahfenske) November 26, 2022
“I’m heartbroken that I won’t be able to be with my dad in his last moments,” said Khorry Ramey. “My dad is the most important person in my life. He has been there for me my whole life, even though he’s been incarcerated.”https://t.co/R5iHNmzVAZ
— Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (@MADPMO) November 26, 2022
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