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Death Row Killer Says He's Going To Heaven In Chilling Final Words

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Death Row Killer Says He's Going To Heaven In Chilling Final Words

A man who killed three people vowed he will be going to 'heaven' in his chilling final words before being executed. Watch the news report below:

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Ernest Lee Johnson stabbed, bludgeoned and shot three employees (Mary Bratcher, 46, Mable Scruggs, 57, and Fred Jones, 58) at a convenience store near his home in Columbia in 1994.

He then hid their bodies in a walk-in fridge and used the stolen cash for drugs.

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Johnson was sentenced to death for his crimes and yesterday (5 October), the day of his execution finally arrived.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Before being administered the lethal injection, the 61-year-old's final statement read: "If I am executed I know where I am going, to Heaven because I ask him to forgive me.

"God [love] everyone. With respect Ernest L Johnson."

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He then added: "I am sorry and I have remorse for what I do.

"I want to say that I love my family and friends, I am thankful of all that my lawyer has done for me.

"They made me feel love as if I was family to them.

"I love them all.

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"For all the people that has prayed for me I thank them from the bottom of my [heart].

"I love the lord with all my heart and soul."

Credit: Missouri Department of Corrections
Credit: Missouri Department of Corrections

The US Supreme Court previously refused to hear an appeal Johnson, who originally requested to be executed by firing squad.

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Johnson said that the lethal injection drug currently in use - pentobarbital - could cause him to have painful seizures, because of a benign tumour he had on his brain.

However, Jim Salter, part of the Associated Press, witnessed Johnson's final minutes of life.

He said: "His breathing became laboured.

"He puffed his cheeks once. He swallowed hard and within a few seconds, the process was over.

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"There were no visible signs of distress."

Announcing the execution order of Johnson, Republican governor Mike Parson said: "The state is prepared to deliver justice and carry out the lawful sentence Mr Johnson received in accordance with the Missouri Supreme Court's order."

Featured Image Credit: Missouri Department of Corrections

Topics: Death Row, US

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