Death penalty protest planned in Jefferson City

Orlando Hall 

Protestors will be gathered at the federal courthouse in Jefferson City Thursday to protest the pending execution of a federal inmate.  Orlando Hall was sentenced to death 25 years ago for the 1994 kidnapping, rape and murder of 16-year-old Lisa Renee.  Though the case has no ties to Missouri, the group Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty still plans to hold vigils in Jefferson City, Springfield ad Kansas City, with a virtual event in St. Louis. 

The director of the organization, Elyse Max, says that they work on stopping executions in Missouri but they also want to draw attention to federal executions.  She says Hall, who is black, faced the same things black men in Missouri face, such as discrimination, a lack of proper counsel, and prosecutorial misconduct.   

The vigil in Jefferson City will run from noon to 1:00.