Springfield Group Protests Midnight Execution

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/22 2014 06:22PM

Updated 04/22 2014 06:23PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A group in Springfield is protesting an execution, set to take place shortly after midnight tonight.

These folks are with the local chapter of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

They tell KOLR10 News they're protesting the killing of William Rousan.

Rousan is convicted in the 1993 murder of 62-year-old Grace Lewis.

They say if it happens, the execution would be the fourth this year.

"It's important for us to protest executions, because for us, we feel that using violence to right a violent crime makes no sense,” says Donna Walmsley, MO for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
“We also don't believe it doesn't do any good for anyone. It makes another family a victim."

This is one of nine protests taking place today throughout Missouri.

Missouri currently has 41 prison inmates with death sentences.

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