Johnson appeal rejected by MO Supreme Court

The Missouri Supreme Court has turned down –for the fifthy time– an appeal by Ernest Lee Johnson, the Columbia man convicted of murdering three Casey’s General Store employees in 1994.

In December, Johnson’s defense argued that his previous counsel was ineffective because an unqualified expert witness was called to testify about Johnson’s alleged mental retardation.

His attorney, public defender Bill Swift, said he will file a motion for rehearing within the next 15 days.

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