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Fifteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

Suspected Terrorist Attack in London, England
A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism after he crashed a car outside the House of Parliament. The vehicle was swerving into cyclist and pedestrians before it crashed. No one was killed, although three individuals were injured. The arrested man is not cooperating with the police. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
35 Killed in Genoa, Italy
A bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy has killed at least 35 individuals. The exact cause of the bridge collapse is unclear, although it occurred during a heavy rainfall and there are some reports of lighting striking the bridge. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of anyone still trapped under rubble.
67 Killed in Sarmada, Syria
At least 67 individuals have been killed, and 33 injured, in an explosion at an arms depot in northern Syria. The depot, located in the rebel held city of Sarmada, caused the collapse of two five story buildings. Most of those killed were civilians, while the others were part of al-Qaeda linked group Haya Tahir al-Sham. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
9 Killed in Taiwan Fire
A fire at a hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan, has killed at least nine individuals. At least 16 others were injured and remain in critical condition. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
300 Injured in Vigo, Spain
Over 300 individuals were injured after a wooden platform collapsed at an urban sports and music festival in Vigo, Spain. So far no fatalities have been reported, although five people remain seriously injured. Please pray for healing for the injured.
13 Missing in Mountains of Tajikistan
The 10 climbers and three crew members are missing after the helicopter they were traveling in had a “hard landing.” The helicopter was traveling to the Ismoili Somoni peak from a base camp on the Fortambek glacier. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for their families.
Wildfires in California
Wildfires have continued to spread in California, with at least one that is believed to have been set intentionally. Please pray for the safety of all those working to contain the fires. Please pray for the safety of those in the paths of the fires.
Drought in New South Wales, Australia
The entire eastern state of New South Wales in Australia is currently facing the worst drought in recent history. The severe drought is especially affecting farmers who have lost crops and are struggling to provide water for their livestock. Neighboring state, Queensland is also facing a drought, and dry conditions are found in Victoria and South Australia. Please pray for rain for the areas that need it.
12 Killed in Crash in Ecuador
At least 12 individuals have been killed during a bus trip to Cuenca, Ecuador to cheer on their favorite football team. At least 30 others were injured in the crash. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Two Killed by Hippo in Kenya
In two separate incidents, two individuals were killed after getting too close to hippo. Hippos are the world’s deadliest large animals. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
94 Killed in Greece
The death toll from wildfires in Greece this year has risen to 94 individuals. At least 8 burn victims remain in intensive care. Wildfires have ravaged areas outside Athens. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those fighting the fires. Please pray for healing for the injured.

Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017  6:57 pm EDT

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has issued a stay of execution for Marcellus Williams.  The stay was granted to allow a Board of Inquiry to further investigate Marcellus' case, including the results of recent DNA testing.

Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017  11:57 am EDT

Marcellus S. Williams is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Forty-eight-year-old Marcellus is convicted of murdering Felicia “Lisha” Gayle on August 11, 1998, in University City, Missouri, while robbing her home.  Marcellus has spent the last 14 years on Missouri’s death row.

 

As a child, Marcellus alleges he was physically and sexually abused by family members.  He also says his family encouraged him into criminal behavior.  He was exposed to guns, drugs, and alcohol at a young age, which he later became addicted to.  His family was impoverished and dysfunctional.  Marcellus had a lengthy criminal record, including 16 convictions for robbery, burglary, assault, and unlawful use of a weapon, among others.  According to his family, Marcellus was a loving and supportive father to his son and step-daughter.

 

On August 11, 1998, Marcellus Williams took a bus to University City, Missouri and began looking for places to burglarize.  Williams noticed the home of Lisha Gayle.  He knocked on the door, and, after receiving no answer, broke into the home.  He heard water running from the bathroom.  He grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and waited of Lisha to come into the kitchen.

 

Williams stabbed and cut Lisha 43 times.  Seven of the wounds were fatal.  After killing Lisha, Williams washed his hands and put on his jacket to hide the bloodstains.  He also took Lisha’s purse and her husband’s laptop computer.  Williams then took the bus to return home.

 

Williams’ girlfriend discovered the stolen items and confronted him about them.  Williams confessed to her what he had done, but she did not go to the police, as Williams threatened her life, her children’s lives, and her mother’s life.

 

Williams was arrested on unrelated charges on August 31, 1998.  During his incarceration, Williams told his cell-mate about the murder, after they saw a news report about it.  Williams told his cell-mate considerable details of the crime.  Williams’ cell-mate went to the police after he was released in June of 1999.  He was able to provide details of the crime which had never been made public.  Police contacted William’s girlfriend, who told police what Williams had told her.  Police discovered several item belonging to Lisha after they searched Williams’ vehicle.  Williams was tried and convicted of Lisha’s murder.

 

The Missouri Supreme Court has refused to stay Marcellus Williams' execution.  Marcellus and his lawyers were requesting that his execution be halt and his sentence reconsidered as recent testing has failed to show Marcellus' DNA on the murder weapon.  While the Missouri Supreme Court has rejected the request, Marcellus' lawyers plan to appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The Missouri Governor is also reviewing the case.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Lisha Gayle.  Please pray that if Marcellus is innocent, the truth will be revealed before his execution.  Please pray for strength for Marcellus’ family.  Please pray that Marcellus will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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