A 19-year-old American will not be allowed to watch her father’s execution after a judge ruled she was too young to do so.
Kevin Johnson will be executed on Tuesday (29/11) for the murder of a police officer in 2005, when he was 19 years old.
He had requested that his daughter, Khorry Ramey, be present during his execution.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed an emergency motion on her behalf, arguing that the state law violated her constitutional rights.
The organization claims that the age requirement in Missouri law, which prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from witnessing an execution, did not serve security purposes.
But the magistrate responsible for the case dismissed the appeal.
Johnson, 37, has been in prison since Ramey was two.
The father and daughter built a bond through visits, phone calls, letters and emails. Last month, Ramey took her newborn son to prison to meet his grandfather.
“I am heartbroken not to be able to be with my father in his final moments,” Ramey said in a statement, adding that his father worked hard to rehabilitate himself in prison and was praying for clemency from the Missouri governor.
Johnson was found guilty of killing Missouri police officer William McEntee, a father of three.
Johnson’s lawyers filed funds to save his life.
While they do not dispute his guilt, they argue that racism played a role in the death penalty sentence.