Demonstrators in a rally at the Missouri State Capitol called on Governor Mike Parson to overturn the scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing two people, whose death sentence had been overturned three previous times.
Carman Deck was convicted in 1998 for the killings of James and Zelma Long in De Soto two years earlier. He was sentenced to death, though the Missouri Supreme Court threw out the death sentence due to errors from Deck's trial lawyer.
Deck was then convicted a second time, only for that conviction to be tossed out by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005. He was sentenced to death for the third time in 2017, though a U.S. District Judge determined there was not enough "substantial" evidence in the case.
In October 2020, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restored the death penalty. Deck is scheduled to be executed on May 3 in Bonne Terre.
"This punitive, premeditated decision on death is not in line with our faith," Nimrod Chapel, Jr., the board chair for Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, said. "It doesn't meet our moral core. And when we look at it legally, it doesn't make sense."
Advocates at the Capitol on Tuesday delivered petitions to the Governor's office calling for clemency for Deck. The Governor's Office did not return KRCG 13's request for comment.
One demonstrator said they plan to meet with Governor Parson's legal counsel later this week.
"I would want him to know that there are constitutional implications in moving forward with the death sentence in this case, and moving forward with the death penalty in Missouri in general," Luz Maria Henriquez, the executive director for ACLU Missouri said on Tuesday.
Representatives Tony Lovasco (R) and Richard Brown (D) both spoke at the rally, calling the death penalty a bipartisan issue.