#TooMuchDoubt: Stop Missouri’s Execution of Walter “Arkie” Barton
Courts have so far declined to stay the May 19th execution of Walter “Arkie” Barton in Missouri in revenge for his alleged murder of Gladys Kuehler. Even as he has yet to issue a decision on Barton’s petition seeking executive clemency, Governor Mike Parson has declared that the execution will go forward.
Death Penalty Action is partnering with Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty to gather as many petition signatures as possible in advance of a press conference and petition delivery scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th at the Missouri State Capitol building.
There remains reasonable doubt about Barton’s guilt, as well as competency issues. On top of that, while Texas, Tennessee and other states are postponing executions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Missouri appears set to move forward.
Save The Date!
Join DPA & MADP for a Virtual Vigil at the time of the scheduled execution, should it go forward. If the execution is stayed, join us instead for a discussion on next steps to stop executions in Missouri and across the United States. Confirmed guests (as of 5/8) include Shane Claiborne, Bill Pelke, Elyse Max and other Missouri leaders. 5pm to 6:30pm CDT on May 19th, 2020 via Zoom and on the MADP Facebook Page. (Registration info will be posted after May 13, 2020.)
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With hope, love and prayers for everyone impacted by the pandemic,
Scott Langley and Abraham J. Bonowitz
Death Penalty Action Co-Directors