Anti-death penalty speakers to tour Missouri

Friday, February 13, 2009 | 11:54 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — Opponents of Missouri's death penalty are planning a speaking tour of people with a personal interest in executions.

Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty says its Road Trip for Justice will start Sunday in St. Joseph and end Feb. 21 in St. Louis. It also will stop in Springfield, Joplin, Jefferson City, Columbia and Cape Girardeau.

Road trip schedule

Feb. 15, 3 p.m., Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph

Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Drury University, Springfield

Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Missouri Southern State University, Joplin

Feb. 18, 10 a.m., State Capitol, Jefferson City

Feb. 19, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, Columbia

Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Southeast Missouri University, Cape Girardeau

Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, St. Louis

Feb. 21, 7 p.m., First Unitarian Church, St. Louis

Speakers include former condemned prisoners who later were exonerated; a murdered woman's daughter; and the mother of a condemned Missouri man whose case spurred a since-lifted moratorium on the state's death penalty.

Also, a group called Moratorium Now! plans a rally Wednesday in Jefferson City and will lobby legislators to stall executions pending a review of the state's death penalty.



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