The organization Catholic Mobilizing Network, which is dedicated to ending the death penalty, stated Thursday that members were praying for Smith ahead of his execution.
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The bishops said that while Johnson’s crimes were “heinous and deserve to be punished,” the “pro-life state” of Missouri should cease the use of capital punishment.
Payne was arrested on June 27, 1987, after 28-year-old Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie, were found dead from multiple stab wounds.
Lee was sentenced to death in the 1996 murders of a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl.