Supreme Court Asked to Overturn Death Sentence a Third Time

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago Thursday, September 06 2007 Sep 6, 2007 Thursday, September 06, 2007 4:04:21 AM CDT September 06, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A man convicted of a 1994 triple murder at a Columbia convenience store is asking the state Supreme Court to reverse his sentence for a third time.The Supreme Court initially overturned Ernest Lee Johnson's death sentence in 1998, because his attorneys did not offer testimony about his drug addiction and unstable childhood.After jurors again decided Johnson deserved death, the Missouri Supreme Court again set aside his sentence in 2003. This time, it cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the mentally retarded cannot be executed.Jurors last year decided that Johnson had not proven he was mentally retarded and again recommended the death sentence. Johnson's attorney is contesting that decision in the appeal heard today by the Supreme Court.

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