Thousands of Petitions Presented to the Governor to Stop Upcoming Execution

Representatives of the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP), and the NAACP delivered over 5,000 petitions, including 2,500 petitions from the Catholic Mobilizing Network, asking Governor Parson to stop the execution of Walter Barton scheduled for May 19.

Walter "Arkie" Barton has spent 26 years on death row, and is now confined to a wheelchair and has a severe neurological disorder due to a traumatic brain injury. Missouri will be the first state to move forward with an execution during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though the Missouri Department of Corrections has suspended all visiting in the prisons until June 18. Fifteen states, including Ohio and Texas, have stayed, rescheduled, or granted reprieves for executions during the pandemic.

May 19, 2020 - 10:40am
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