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.
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.