After 17 years, justice has finally been served.
Convicted Missouri felon, Kevin Johnson, 36, has finally been executed for the 2005 brutal murder of a Kirkwood, Missouri police officer, William McEntee.
The McEntee family has finally found complete closure for the death of their beloved son, father and husband. They can rest a little easier knowing that the world is a bit less evil.
Despite last minute pleas by Johnson’s legal team to halt the execution, Missouri state correctional officials successfully carried out the execution by legal injection.
Attorneys for Johnson played the race card and argued that the execution should not be carried out. They acknowledged that Johnson was guilty of the crime but that the punishment and sentencing was racially biased.
According to a Fox News column, it stated:
“Johnson’s lawyers have appealed the death sentence to spare his life, and while they do not challenge his guilt, they claim racism played a role in the decision to seek the death penalty – Johnson is black and McEntee was white.”
Johnson was 19 years old when he decided to murder Officer McEntee and blamed the police for the death of his brother.
Johnson’s legal team also argued to stop the execution since the laws have significantly changed regarding teenagers committing serious, death penalty type of crimes. Since the 2005 murder, state and federal courts have begun reducing death penalties for teenagers. Although Johnson was 19 at the time of the murder, his legal team’s arguments fell on deaf ears- and rightly so.
The attorneys presented another argument citing Johnson’s history with mental health illness.
One could counter argue that- what type of person who is mentally healthy would kill an innocent person. By virtue of Johnson’s crime, he already proved he has mental health issues- which is no excuse to kill someone.
Officer McEntee and other officer’s reported to Johnson’s residence to serve him an arrest warrant for violating probation. Johnson was on probation at the time for assaulting his previous girlfriend.
When Johnson noticed the police pull up to his residence, he quickly woke up his younger brother, who then darted next door to another family member’s house. The younger brother suffered from a severe heart defect. After he ran over next door and exerted a lot of energy, he fell and had a seizure. He later died at a hospital.
Johnson blamed the death on the police arriving to the home.
Blaming others for committing crime is a hallmark trait of common criminals. They rarely accept responsibility for their criminal decisions and believe their arrest and confinement is someone else’s fault- as was the case here.
The murder of Officer McEntee didn’t occur at the initial interaction with Johnson, it occurred later that day.
According to the Fox News column, it stated:
“McEntee returned to the neighborhood later that evening in response to fireworks being shot off, which is when he encountered Johnson for a second time that night.”
“Johnson pulled a gun and shot McEntee. Johnson then approached McEntee and shot him again, but this time it was fatal.”
The Death Penalty Procedure
For the remaining states that have the death penalty like Missouri, certain members of the public are allowed to go to the viewing. Although the specifics of who is allowed to go vary by state, Missouri allows family members of the felon to view the execution. However, they must be of a certain age.
According to Fox News column, it stated:
“Days leading up to the execution, Johnson’s 19-year-old daughter, Khorry Ramey, lost her effort to witness her father’s death.”
“The federal judge who presided over the request denied the request based on a Missouri law that bars anyone under 21 from observing an execution.”
The execution went without a hitch.