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A Missouri man has been executed for murder despite pleas for clemency by advocates who said he had an intellectual disability.
Ernest Johnson received a lethal injection on Tuesday after the US Supreme Court refused to consider a stay of execution earlier in the day.
The 61-year-old's pleas for leniency had received support from Pope Francis and two members of Congress.
Johnson killed three convenience store workers in a 1994 robbery.
Attorneys for Johnson argued he was ineligible for the death penalty because multiple IQ tests had shown he had the mental capacity of a child and read at a primary school level.
Johnson, a black man, had been born with foetal alcohol syndrome after his mother drank heavily during her pregnancy.
He had also been missing a fifth of his brain tissue since 2008 after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour.
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