The execution date for John Middleton, July 16th, is fast approaching. Newly discovered evidence raises doubts about Middleton’s involvement in the crime. Prosecutors suppressed a witness statement pointing toward the guilt of a different local methamphetamine dealer. The forensic expert who testified for the state at Middleton’s trial now believes the murder happened one day later when Middleton was in jail for a misdemeanor in Iowa and could not have possibly committed the crime. Middleton’s attorneys have asked for an independent Board of Inquiry to review this new evidence. Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty believe this is a necessary step in determining the validity of these claims since Governor Nixon led Middleton’s prosecution during his time as Attorney General. Given these doubts about Middleton’s case, it is not worth risking executing someone with newly surfaced evidence. Please pray for John Middleton and for true justice to take place. A vigil will be held at Nichols Fountain on the Plaza in Kansas City on July 15th from 5-6pm.
Daryl Charron, C.PP.S.