Protesters want Gov. Lee to pray with inmate before execution

Posted at 2:02 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 15:02:44-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A group of protesters marched to the Tennessee Capitol Wednesday to ask Governor Bill Lee to pray with an inmate who’s scheduled to be put to death.

The governor confirmed Tuesday that he would not intervene in the execution of Donnie Johnson. Protesters have asked Lee to pray with Johnson before he's scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it would not halt the execution, declining to take up a legal appeal that questioned the three drugs used in Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol.

Johnson was sentenced to death for the 1984 murder of his wife, Connie Johnson.

He recently penned a letter to his family, asking for their forgiveness.

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