Another Penalty Phase Trial for Triple Murderer

1 decade 4 years 3 weeks ago Monday, May 08 2006 May 8, 2006 Monday, May 08, 2006 4:22:34 PM CDT May 08, 2006 in News
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Ernest Lee Johnson was convicted of beating three people to death with a hammer at a Casey's General Store in 1994 in Columbia. A Boone County jury recommended a death sentence. The state Supreme Court overturned that sentence because of a lack of testimony about Johnson's drug addiction. Then, a Clay County jury in 1999 also sentenced Johnson to death, but the state Supreme Court also overturned that sentence because Johnson's lawyers argued he is mildly retarded. Boone County prosecutor Kevin Crane said Johnson planned the crime and got rid of the evidence. Jurors from Pettis County will decide the latest penalty phase in his case.

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