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Protestors rally to save Antonio Richardson

February 26, 2001
By: Michelle Wirth
State Capital Bureau

He was committed murder at the age of sixteen...and now he's scheduled to die in less than two weeks.

Antonio Richardson is sentenced to die on March seventh. Gino Battisti, Richardson's lawyer, cited a speech by governor Holden in which the governor said he wanted to help kids who have made poor choices.

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Contents: So many times we hear empty promises and politicians talk about doing this or that, well here it is. It's a life or death situation and I'm going to ask the governor to keep his word on the issue.

Battisti will meet with Governor Holden and his staff tomorrow morning.

Several organizations gathered at the state capitol this morning to oppose the death sentence of Antonio Richardson. Richardson was convicted of murder at the age of eighteen. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

Protestors say that Richardson's life should be spared because he has the mental capacity of a seven-year-old. Gino Battisti, Richardson's lawyer, says that Richardson was too young to be sentenced to death.

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Contents: The US is being frowned upon for executing kids, 16 year olds, for committing violent crimes. We don't think they should be punished but we don't think at that age that the law should set death for kids.

Richardson is scheduled to die on March 7th. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.

Protestors gathered to "stop the killing" in Missouri. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

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Several organizations rallied at the Missouri capitol to protest the death of Antonio Richardson, who was sentenced to death at the age of eighteen. Amnesty representative Brad Sheppard says that Amnesty International opposes Richardson's death for several reasons.

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Contents: We're primarily opposing the execution of Antonio Richardson for two reasons, his age at the time of the crime, which was 16. Also, a vast majority of the countries oppose the execution of those who were juvenilles when they committed the crime.

Sheppard says that Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Columbia Amnesty chapters are fasting Sunday through Tuesday in protest. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.

Several groups are calling for Governor Bob Holden to hault the execution of Antonio Richardson.

Richardson was sixteen when he committed murder and was sentenced to death. Amnesty International representative Brad Shepphard says that Amnesty opposes the death penalty in all cases.

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Contents: We think it's the ultimate violation of human rights. Everyone has the right to life, regardless of who they are or what they have done.

Sheppard says that the University of Washington and University of Missouri-Columbia Amnesty chapters are fasting in protest later this week. Richarson is scheduled to die on March seventh. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.