Earl Forrest is set to be executed on May 11 for the murders of Harriett Smith, Michael Wells, and Deputy Joann Barnes in 2002. Forrest, who was extremely intoxicated and high on methamphetamine at the time of the murders, has always accepted responsibility for the crimes and was willing to accept a life without parole sentence for his actions.
Years before the murders, Forrest suffered a serious head injury that left parts of his brain significantly damaged. Unfortunately, his trial attorneys failed to investigate and adequately present the extent of his head injuries. Had the jury been convinced of Mr. Forrest’s head injury, they may not have recommended a death sentence.
Contact Governor Nixon and ask that he show mercy to Mr. Forrest because of his significant head injury. Let the governor know that the Catholic Church opposes the use of the death penalty because it disregards the sanctity and dignity of human life. It also continues the cycle of violence. Call Governor Nixon at 573-751-3222 or email him.