Who is Corionsa Ramey? Daughter of cop killer, Kevin Johnson, demands to watch her father being executed
'If my father were dying in the hospital, I would sit by his bed holding his hand and praying for him until his death,' Corionsa Ramey, 19, claims in an affidavit filed in the court
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI: Despite a state statute prohibiting those under 21 from witnessing executions, a Missouri girl, 19, has petitioned a federal court for permission to watch her father undergo a lethal injection. Corionsa ‘Khorry’ Ramey has filed an emergency motion to attend her father, Kevin Johnson’s execution on November 29.
On November 29, Johnson, 37, who received a death sentence for the 2005 murder of a St Louis police officer, will be put to death. In a moment of rage following the death of his 12-year-old brother hours earlier, he fatally shot Missouri police officer William McEntee. Johnson's daughter Ramey, 19, argued in federal court in Kansas City that Johnson was "the most important person in my life." Ramey claims in an affidavit she filed with the court that in addition to losing her father to incarceration when she was just two years old, she also saw her mother being murdered at the age of four, two years after her father was prisoned. American Civil Liberties Union attorneys submitted an emergency motion claiming that regulations banning those under the age of 21 from attending executions not only have no purpose but also violate fundamental rights. “If my father were dying in the hospital, I would sit by his bed holding his hand and praying for him until his death, both as a source of support for him, and as a support for me as a necessary part of my grieving process and for my peace of mind,” Ramey said in a court document as reported by Daily Mail.
On July 5, 2005, a warrant for Johnson's arrest was delivered to his residence by McEntee, a husband, and father of three. Police felt Johnson had broken the terms of his probation which he was on for hitting his girlfriend. When Johnson saw the police arrive, he roused up his 12-year-old brother Joseph ‘Bam Bam’ Long who fled to their grandmother's home next door. The boy had a seizure at her home due to a congenital cardiac abnormality which resulted in his death at the hospital shortly after. At the trial, Johnson stated that McEntee prevented his mother from going inside to care for his dying sibling. McEntee returned to the neighborhood later that evening in 2005 in response to unrelated allegations of fireworks being launched. After that, he ran into Johnson who shot McEntee after pulling a gun. Johnson further went up to the fallen cop and fired again which ultimately killed the police officer. Ramey was two when Johnson was first put behind bars. The father and daughter were able to get closer through visits, phone calls, emails and letters, according to the ACLU.
According to a lawsuit by the ACLU, Ramey's First Amendment right to association as well as her Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection is both violated by the state legislation. It claims that the age restriction of 21 is unreasonable and has no safety benefit. It further claims that there is no minimum age requirement for family members of those who have been sentenced to death to witness an execution in federal executions and in the vast majority of states that still use the death penalty or that the age is 18.