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Eleven men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2017.

22 Killed at Ariana Grande Concert in England
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President Trump Conducts First Foreign Visit
President Trump’s first overseas visit includes stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels, the Vatican, and Sicily. President Trump will meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss peace between the nations. He also spoke to Muslims leaders about radical Islamic terrorism. Please pray for a successful and safe trip.
140 Killed at Brak El-Shati Airbase in Libya
It is believed that at lest 140 individuals have been killed, including civilians, during an attack on Brak El-Shati airbase by forces associated with the Libyan government. The office of the Prime Minister has denied ordering the attack. The airbase was held by the Libyan National Army, who opposes the current government. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
20 Injured in Thai Hospital Bombing
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Protests Turn Violent in Venezuela
At least 48 individuals have been killed, and hundreds more injured, during protests over the last 50 days. Protests are against the current president, Nicolas Maduro, whom they are demanding step down and allow elections to be held. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured. Please pray for a peaceful resolution.
North Korea Continues to Test Missiles
A state-run news agency in North Korea has confirmed the successful launch of a medium-range ballistic missile, which they now plan to deploy for military action. North Korea also continues to experiment with nuclear weapons. The United Nations continues to demand that North Korea cease such tests.

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May 6, 2017

 

The Ohio Department of Corrections has announced that executions for nine inmates have been rescheduled.  This news is not exactly surprising.  For the past several years, Ohio has been delaying and rescheduling executions in an attempt to restart executions in the state.  Ongoing legal challenges to the execution process, and difficulty obtaining drugs, have led to multiple delays.  Additionally, Ohio schedules executions years in advance - they currently have executions scheduled through 2021 - resulting in numerous executions being rescheduled whenever there is a delay.

 

Ohio began having problems carrying out executions following the January 2014 execution of Dennis McGuire.  For Dennis’ execution, Ohio used a new, never-before-used combination of drugs.  The execution did not go as planned.  It took nearly 25 minutes for Dennis to be pronounced dead, a rather long execution at the time.  Additionally, witnesses to the execution claimed that it appeared he was not fully unconscious during the execution due to alleged body movements.  Following an in-depth investigation, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections determined that Dennis was unconscious for the execution, however, they increased the amount of the drugs used during the execution.

 

After the execution protocol was revised, several inmates filed appeals.  This action caused Judge Gregory Frost to postpone all scheduled executions until the lawsuit was resolved.  Further complications to continuing executions arose in December of 2014.  The state legislature passed a law that would protect the identities of those who supply executions drugs.  Then, in January of 2015, another new execution protocol was approved, with a new and different combination of drugs than the ones used to execute Dennis.  However, Ohio did not have a supply of execution drugs.  Therefore, all executions were postponed until January of 2016, to allow time to purchase the drugs, and - hopefully - conclude legal challenges.

 

By October of 2015, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections recognized that they would not be able to obtain the necessary drugs in time to resume executions in early 2016.  All executions were, once again, rescheduled to begin in January of 2017, with the execution of Ronald Phillips.

 

Ronald’s execution was delayed and rescheduled for a month later due to legal challenges.  With lawsuits still pending, that execution was also delayed and rescheduled, along with two others.  Now, Governor John Kasich has delayed and rescheduled executions for nine inmates, due to ongoing legal challenges to the lethal injection protocol, with Ronald scheduled to be first execution on July, 26, 2017.  The executions were delayed as the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to begin hearing arguments regarding a lower court’s finding that Ohio’s lethal injections process is unconstitutional, specifically, the use of midazolam.

 

Midazolam is a sedative and the first drug used by many states in the lethal injections process.  Since it has begun being used, several executions have been prolonged and resulted in problems.  However, on June 30, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the use of the drug midazolam in state executions in the case of Glossip v. Gross.  Ohio currently has an unknown number of vials of midazolam for use in executions.

Update: Wednesday, June 3, 2015  11:39 am EDT

 

Hubert Lester Michael, Jr. was schedule to be executed at 7 pm EDT, on Friday, June 5, 2015, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview in Rockview, Pennsylvania.  His execution has been stayed.  Fifty-eight-year-old Hubert has been convicted of raping and murdering16-year-old Trista Eng, near Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, on July 12, 1993.  Hubert has spent the last 19 years of his life on Pennsylvania’s death row.

  

Hubert Michael first saw Trista Eng after answering an chair sale ad.  While at the house, Michael stole some wires.  A short time later, on July 12, 1993, Trista was walking to her summer job at a local Hardee’s.  Hubert Michael pulled up along side of her and offered her a ride, which she accepted.  After entering the vehicle, Michael bound Trista with the stolen wires.

 

Michael drove to the state game lands in Warrington Township.  After arriving, Michael raped Trista.  He then placed a bag over her head and shot her three times, killing her.

 

At the time of the murder, Michael was on bail for an unrelated rape in Lancaster County.  Following Trista’s murder, Michael fled to Utah, where he was arrested five days later.  While awaiting trial, Michael escaped from jail twice; once in November of 1993 and again in March of 1994.  He was recaptured both times.

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Update: Wednesday, June 3, 2015  7:56 pm EDT

 

Lester Leroy Bower, Jr., has been executed by the state of Texas, at 6:36 pm CDT. Read the full story here.

 

Update: Wednesday, June 3, 2015  6:18 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected two requests to stay the execution of Lester Leroy Bower, Jr.  His execution is scheduled to occur later tonight.

 

Update: Monday, June 1, 2015  11:38 am EDT

 

Lester Leroy Bower, Jr.'s execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Sixty-seven-year-old Lester is convicted of murdering 51-year-old Bob G. Tate, 39-year-old Ronald Mayes, 29-year-old Philip Good, and 52-year-old Jerry Mac Brown, on October 8, 1983, near Sherman, Texas.  Lester has spent the last 30 years on Texas’ death row.

 

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request for a stay of execution from Lester.  Lester argued that his jury did not have time to fully consider all mitigating evidence before sentencing him.

  

Lester was born in Kansas City, Missouri.  Lester graduated from high school and college, where he played football.  Lester had no previous criminal history.  Prior to his arrest, he worked as a chemical salesman and enjoyed rafting, hunting, backpacking, and archery.  He and his family, a wife and two daughters, moved from Colorado to Texas months before the murders.

 

In the fall of 1983, much to his wife’s objections, Lester Bower was contemplating purchasing and flying an ultralight aircraft.  Bower, unbeknownst to his wife, called Phillip Good after seeing his sale advertisement for an ultralight aircraft.  Philip introduced Bower to Bob Tate, who owned an ultralight he wanted to sell.

 

On October 8, 1983, Bower drove out to an airport hanger to meet withe Philip and Bob.  According to Bower, he purchased the ultralight from them, dismantled it, and went to store it in a local gun club so his wife would not find out about his purchase.  According to prosecutors, Bower “snapped” and killed Philip and Bob.  He then killed Jerry Brown and Ronald Mayes when they came over to investigate.  Bower initially lied to investigators about his whereabouts on the day the four men were killed, allegedly wanting to spare his family from the attention being involved in such a case would bring.

 

Bower was convicted based on circumstantial evidence.  Bower sold firearms on the side, had purchased prior to the murder a gun that used Julio Fiocchi .22 caliber bullets.  Casings for these bullets were found on the floor of the hanger where the four men were killed.  It was also believed that a silencer was used in the murders, although the murder weapon was never found.  Prosecutors said he killed the men in order to steal the plane.  Parts of the plane, with the name “Tate” scratched on them were found in Bower’s garage, along with fingerprints from Jerry, decals and materials which were traditionally found on the exterior of an ultralight aircraft, receipts for Julio Fiocchi .22 caliber bullets,  books and articles on weaponry and how to commit murder, instructional guides for using silencers, and manuals for construction of ultralight aircrafts.  Unidentified blood stains were also found on Bower’s boots.

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Update: April 24, 2014 7:00 pm EDT

 

Clayton Darrell Lockett is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma. Thirty-eight-year-old Clayton is convicted of murdering 19-year-old Stephanie Michelle Nieman on June 3, 1999, in Perry, Oklahoma. Clayton has spent the last 13 years of his life on Oklahoma's death row.

 

Clayton's story is a sad one, beginning with his mother allegedly using drugs while pregnant with him. She then abandoned him at the age of three, which devastated him and caused him to become extremely attached to his father, whom he idolized. Unfortunately, his father was a poor role model. He physically abused Clayton and forced him into using drugs at a young age. He encouraged sexually activity and frequently watched pornographic movies in front of him. Clayton's father also taught him and encouraged him to steal, punishing Clayton if he got caught. Extended family members testified that they believe Clayton was sexually abused by his older brother. Allegedly, while Clayton was incarcerated at an adult correctional facility at the age of 16, he was raped by several older men.

 

Around 10:30 pm, on June 3, 1999, Clayton Lockett, Shawn Mathis and Alfonzo Lockett broke into the home of Bobby Bornt. Bobby was asleep on his couch. Upon entering, the three began to beat and kick Bobby. Bobby recognized Clayton, who was carrying a shotgun. Following his thrashing, Bobby's hands were secured behind him using duct tape. He was also gagged. Clayton, Shawn, and Alfonzo proceeded to search the house, looking for drugs.

 

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March 18, 2014

 

Thirty-three-year-old Jodi Arias was convicted on May 8, 2013, of the killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander in his Phoenix, Arizona home in June of 2008.The jury which convicted Jodi was unable to come to an agreement over her sentence.Under Arizona law, prosecutors were able to ask for a second penalty trial, which is scheduled to begin in September of this year, with jury selection beginning on September 8, 2014.The date for the second penalty trial was pushed back, as it was originally scheduled to begin Monday, March 17, 2014.Prosecutors are attempting to have her sentenced to death.In order to sentence her death, the jury must agree unanimously.If the second jury is unable to reach a decision, the judge would then decide if Jodi is to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, or given the option of parole after serving 25 years.

 

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The following is the list of computers The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries needs to bring our ministry into the current technological age. With your help! We will purchase them!

 

 

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