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Eight men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

10 Killed in Toronto, Canada
Ten individuals have been killed, and 15 others injured, after a van drove into a group on a crowded city street in Toronto, Canada. The driver fled the scene in the vehicle but was apprehended a short time later by police. Police are currently investigating. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
36 Killed in North Korea
Thirty-six individuals have died after a tour bus crashed in North Hwanghae province, North Korea. Among the deceased are 32 Chinese tourists. Little information is known about the crash. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
20 Killed in Yemen
At least 20 individuals attending a wedding in Bani Qais district in Yemen have been reportedly killed in an air strike. Thirty others have been injured. The bride is reported to be among those killed. The Houthi rebels blame the air strike on the Saudi-led coalition that is supporting the Yemen government in the civil war. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
57 Killed in Kabul, Afghanistan
A suicide bombing at a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan has resulted in the death of at least 57 individuals, including 21 women and five children. Over 100 others were injured in the attack carried out by the Islamic State. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
17 Killed in China
Two dragon boats capsized during a practice, killing 17 individuals. Rescuers pulled 40 survivors out of the water. Strong currents are thought to have contributed to the capsizing and deaths. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
4 Killed in Saudi Arabia
Four British nationals have died, and 12 others injured, after the coach they were in was struck by a fuel tanker, causing it to ignite. The bus was traveling from Mecca to Medina on an Umrah pilgrimage. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Two Police Officers Killed in Florida
Two Gilchrist County deputies, whose names have not yet been released, were killed while they were eating lunch at a local restaurant. The shooter was found deceased in front of the restaurant when additionally deputies arrived at the scene. The motive of the shooter is currently unknown. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
Barbara Bush Dies
Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died at her home on April 17, 2018. She was 92 years of age. Barbara had been battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Over the weekend, she refused further treatment, wanting to be surrounded by friends and family. Barbara was married to the 41st President George H.W. Bush and is mother to the 43rd President George W. Bush. As First Lady, Barbara championed global literacy and has continued her work to that end after leaving the White House. Please pray for her family.

July 13, 2017

 

For the past several years, Ohio has struggled to resume carrying out executions.  They have had to reschedule executions numerous times, leading the state of have executions scheduled all the way through 2021.  But, with a recent ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Ohio looks to start carrying out executions again.

 

Executions came to an abrupt halt in Ohio following the January 2014 execution of Dennis McGuire, where the state employed a new, never-before-used combination of drugs.  It took nearly 25 minutes for Dennis to be pronounced as deceased.  After the execution, witnesses to the execution reported that Dennis did not appear to be fully unconscious during the execution, as he was allegedly moving.  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.  Opponents claim that this law hinders the inmates’ ability to appeal their execution, as well as leaves open the opportunity for the state to purchase and use drugs that may not be up to standard. 

 

In January of 2015, Ohio approved another new execution protocol, which uses 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 has been delayed and rescheduled numerous times since then, due to legal challenges.  Several lower courts and a three-judge panel for the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals effectively halted executions by ruling that midazolam was not an acceptable drug to be used in executions, even though the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the opposite on June 30, 2015.  Upon appeal of the lower court decisions, the full 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear the case.  On June 29, 2017, the full 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8-6 that Ohio could resume lethal injections.  Opponents have stated that they will appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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