After Governor stays execution, death penalty film screens across Missouri

  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Lindy Lou never had a problem with the death penalty, then the woman from rural Mississippi sat on a jury which handed down a death sentence to a man convicted in a double homicide. Twenty years later, in a new documentary film called Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2, Lou travels through Mississippi to interview the 11 jurors she served with on that trial. By following Lindy on this journey, the film takes a nuanced look at the issue of capital punishment and the impact it has on jurors.

The film will show on Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m. at Capitol City Cinema on High St. by Cork. Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Equal Justice USA will host the screenings. Additional screenings will be held throughout the state.

Organizers hope the screenings spark conversations about the death penalty, its consequences on the jurors involved, and the problems in the system behind this brutal attempt at justice. This discussion is especially relevant in the wake of the stayed execution of Marcellus Williams, who came within four hours of being executed before Governor Greitens intervened.

“Missourians are fortunate to have a Governor that stands against our broken justice system,” Les Masters, who serves as the mid-Missouri coordinator for Missouri Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty, said. “The death penalty puts innocent lives at risk and denies victims the restitution they deserve.”

A discussion and question and answer period with local experts will follow screenings. Lou also will join audiences at some of the screenings to share more of her story. Good Pitch Local is an initiative devised by Doc Society.

All screenings are free and open to the public. Seating will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m. – Jefferson City
Capitol City Cinema
26 E High St.
Jefferson City, Mo. 65101
Hosted by: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Equal Justice USA.

Wednesday, September 6 at 7 p.m. – Kansas City
Screenland Armour Theatre
408 Armour Rd.
North Kansas City, Mo. 64116
Hosted by: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Equal Justice USA.

Thursday, September 7 at 7 p.m. – St. Louis
The Tivoli Theatre, Auditorium No. 3
6350 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63130
Hosted by: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Equal Justice USA, CURE, Preachers And Community (PAC), Second Chance Freedom Foundation, St. Louis Social Justice Committee of the General Baptist State Convention, WILPF, World Community Center, and Veterans for Peace – St. Louis chapter.

Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.) – St. Joseph
Missouri Western State University
Kemper Recital Hall/Spratt 101
4525 Downs Dr.
St. Joseph, Mo. 64507
Hosted by: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Equal Justice USA, and Legal Studies Association of Missouri Western State University.

Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. – Kansas City
Park Hill High School
7701 NW Barry Rd
Kansas City, Mo. 64153
Hosted by: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Equal Justice USA.

Thursday, September 14 at 3 p.m. – Parkville
Park University
8700 Northwest River Park Dr,
Parkville, Mo. 64152
Hosted by: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Equal Justice USA.

Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. – Platte City
Shiloh Springs Golf Course
14750 Fairway Ln.
Platte City, Mo. 64079
Hosted by: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Equal Justice USA.

Friday, September 15 at 7 p.m. – Platte Woods
Platte Woods United Methodist Church
7310 NW Prairie View Rd.
Platte Woods, Mo. 64151
Hosted by: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Equal Justice USA, and Platte Woods UMC.

Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. – Kansas City
Boardwalk Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library
8656 N Ambassador Dr.
Kansas City, Mo. 64154
Hosted by: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Equal Justice USA.

Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. – Springfield
Moxie Cinema
305 S Campbell Ave #101
Springfield, Mo. 65806
Hosted by: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Equal Justice USA.