A Missouri man convicted of killing a police officer he blamed for the death of his younger brother was executed by lethal injection.

Kevin Johnson died after an injection of pentobarbital at Bonne Terre State Prison.

His 19-year-old daughter Khorry Ramey had she applied to a federal court to allow her to witness her father’s deathbut a judge upheld a state law which prevents anyone under the age of 21 from witnessing an execution.

However, in a first for modern executions in MissouriJohnson wasn’t alone when he died.

The 37-year-old had his spiritual adviser, the Rev. Darryl Gray, beside him.

Reverend Gray said later, “We read the scriptures and had a word of prayer.

“He apologized again. He apologized to the victim’s family. He apologized to his family.

“He said he couldn’t wait to see his little brother. And he said he was ready.”

Johnson’s lawyers did not deny killing 43-year-old William McEntee in 2005, but said racism played a role in the decision to seek the death penalty and the jury’s decision to sentence him to death. Johnson is black and his victim was white.

But courts, including the US Supreme Court and Republican Governor Mike Parson, have refused to stop the execution.

Kevin Johnson, pictured with his daughter Khorry Ramey and son, Kiaus. Pictured: ACLU

Mr. McEntee, married and father of three, was a 20-year veteran of the Kirkwood Police Department, a St. Louis suburb.

He was among several police officers sent to Johnson’s home on July 5, 2005 to serve an arrest warrant for an alleged probation violation.

Johnson’s 12-year-old brother, who suffered from a congenital heart defect, collapsed and began having fits. He later died in hospital.

When the police officer later returned to the neighborhood to investigate unrelated reports of fireworks, he was attacked by Johnson.

A court filing from the Missouri Attorney General’s office said the officer was in his car questioning three children when Johnson shot him multiple times through the open passenger-side window.

According to court documents, Johnson then walked down the street and told his mother the officer “let my brother die” and “he needs to see what it feels like to die.”

Although his mother replied, “That’s not true,” Johnson returned to the squad car where he found the officer on his knees and shot him in the back and head, killing him.

Johnson later testified at trial that the officer had stopped his mother from helping his brother.

The officer’s wife, Mary McEntee, said in a statement after Tuesday’s execution that Johnson had acted as “judge, juror and executioner” in killing her husband.

“Bill was killed on his hands and knees in front of strangers, the people he dedicated his life to,” he said.

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