Daughter (19) is not allowed to attend her father’s execution in the US: “My heart breaks that I cannot experience his last moments”

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A 19-year-old Missouri woman has been banned from attending her father’s execution by a judge. She is legally too young to be there. A request from her father to let her be there, was of no avail.

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Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 09:56

Father Kevin Johnson (37) was sentenced to death for the murder of a Kirkwood police officer in 2005. He was 19 years old at the time and has been in prison since his daughter Khorry was 2 years old. However, the two have developed a close relationship over the years. They called, wrote letters and e-mails and Khorry came to visit several times.

The execution of the man will probably take place in the course of this month. But his daughter won’t be able to be there. She is 19 years old – a minor in the US – which is too young by the letter of the law in Missouri. She fought that in court, with the support of her father and a human rights organization, but was unsuccessful.

“My heart breaks that I can’t be with my father in his final moments,” she wrote in a statement to US media. “He worked very hard to rehabilitate himself in prison. I pray that Governor Mike Parson will pardon my father.”

His daughter wasn’t the only one Johnson wanted at his execution. He has also asked for a spiritual advisor, just like his brother and his former school principal. His lawyers have made several attempts to save his life, including arguing that racism played a role in his death sentence. They were never right in court.

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