American Kevin Johnson, 37, who was serving a sentence for murder, died Tuesday after receiving a lethal injection in the state of Missouri, in USA.
His case gained notoriety after his 19-year-old daughter Corionsa “Khorry” Ramey was barred from witnessing her father’s death.
Johnson was a black man who was on death row for the 2005 murder of white police officer William McEntee in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.
Johnson was executed by lethal injection at a prison in the city of Bonne Terre, the Missouri Department of Corrections confirmed.
He was pronounced dead at 7:40 pm local time (0040 GMT), department spokeswoman Karen Pojmann said.
Johnson was the 17th inmate to be executed in the United States this year.
Johnson’s daughter filed a lawsuit to be allowed to witness her father’s execution, but a federal court denied her request because she is under the state minimum age of 21.
“I am heartbroken that I will not be able to be with my father in his last moments,” Ramey said in a statement after the court decision.
“My dad is the most important person in my life,” she said. “He’s been there for me my whole life, even though he’s been incarcerated.”
Johnson was convicted of shooting and killing a white police sergeant on July 5, 2005, two hours after Johnson’s 12-year-old brother died of a seizure.
Johnson’s lawyers filed unsuccessful appeals to save his life.
Although they did not question his guilt, they argued that racism played a role in the death penalty sentence.
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