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Eighteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

18 Killed in Crimea College
At least 18 individuals, many teenagers, were killed following a bombing and shooting attack at a polytechnic college in Kerch, Crimea. Over 50 others were injured in the attack. A student is believed to be responsible for the attack, during which he killed himself. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for the entire community.
13 Killed in Flood in France
A flash flood in south-western France, by the river Aude, has killed at least 13 individuals. It is the worst flash flood in over 100 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the areas affected by the flood.
Tornadoes and Hail Throughout Queensland, Australia
Four people have been injured after tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, raining down large chunks of hail, swept across Queensland, Australia. Approximately 10,000 properties remain without power. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for the areas that are working to recover.
27 Injured in Portugal
As the last of Hurricane Leslie swept through Portugal, at least 27 individuals were injured, as flooding and trees being uprooted caused devastation. The hurricane, which is losing strength and has been downgraded to a tropical storm, is now moving over Spain. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for the safety of all as they work to recover.
9 Killed Near Mount Gurja in Nepal
Five South Koreans and four Nepali guides were killed at their camp at the base of Mount Gurja, a Himalayan peak in Nepal, after a violent snowstorm unexpectedly struck. All had broken bones and head wounds. An investigation into their deaths is ongoing. Pleas pray for their families.
21 Killed on Sumatra Island, Indonesia
At least 21 individuals have been killed, and 10 others missing, after flash flooding and landslides on Sumatra Island, off the coast of Indonesia. Eleven of those killed were children. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the area as it works to recover.
8 Killed by Cyclone Titli in India
Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and at least eight individuals have been killed, after Cyclone Titli swept into eastern India. Several electrical poles have also been knocked out and safe drinking water is a growing concern. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray as the nation works to recover.
18 Killed by Hurricane Michael
At least 18 individual have been killed, in four states after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, with Virginia and North Carolina also receiving significant rainfall. Although rescuers have found hundreds of missing individuals, hundreds more remain missing. Please pray for their safety. Please pray for the safety of rescue workers. Please pray as they work to rebuild.

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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