Mark Christeson was convicted of and sentenced to death for the murders of Susan Jo Brouk and her children, Adrian and Kyle, in 1998. As a society we mourn the senseless killings of these individuals, however, the Catholic Church opposes the use of the death penalty because it disregards the sanctity and dignity of all human life and sanctions violence as a solution to societal problems.
At Mark Christeson’s trial the jury never heard evidence of his traumatic family life of physical and sexual abuse or evidence of his significant intellectual disabilities. Later his federal attorneys abandoned their client and missed a strict filing deadline, thereby losing Christeson’s constitutional right to a federal review of his case. In 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the lower courts to appoint counsel to litigate Christeson’s right to his federal appeals. This execution date was set while his appeals are still being litigated.
Please contact Gov. Eric Greitens and ask that he show mercy in this case by commuting Christeson’s sentence to life without parole or at least halting the execution until litigation is complete. Call 573-751-3222 or send an email through this link.