Updated: April 19, 2018
Please pray for these men and women. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and that the innocent shall be revealed before they are executed. "The Lord is slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).
Due to ongoing legal challenges, Ohio has rescheduled multiple executions, multiple times. Beginning with 2018, this list contains only current Ohio executions. Click here for more information about Ohio's legal challenges.
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:01 pm EDT
Alabama has executed Walter Moody. Click here to read more.
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 8:25 pm EDT
The Supreme Court of the United States has lifted the stay of execution for Walter Moody, allowing Alabama to proceed.
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 8:01 pm EDT
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has announced that she has declined to grant clemency to Walter Moody after reviewing all the facts of the case. In her announcement, she also noted that she was aware of the temporary stay granted by the Supreme Court of the United States and of the concern over vein access.
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:11 pm EDT
The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a temporary stay of execution for Walter Moody. The stay could yet be lifted this evening, allowing the execution to proceed. Alabama must start the execution before midnight or else they will have to seek a new execution date.
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 6:01 pm EDT
The Alabama Supreme Court has rejected a request to halt the execution of Walter Moody. Walter was seeking to have his execution halted over concerns about technicians being able to access a vein for the execution.
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 5:13 pm EDT
Attorneys for Walter Moody are appealing to the Alabama Supreme Court arguing that he should be granted a stay of execution over concerns that technicians will not be able to locate a viable vein for use during the execution. According to the filing, Walter was examined and found to have "spider veins," and the technician seemed concerned. Walter also still has at least one appeal pending at the Supreme Court of the United States.
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 9:54 pm EDT
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to halt the execution of Walter Leroy Moody, Jr. Walter asked the court to halt his execution on the grounds that he should be in federal custody. Walter was first tried and convicted in federal court, where he received seven life-without-parole sentences. He was then tried and sentenced to death in Alabama. Walter attempted to argue that since he was first tried by a federal court, he should be in federal custody. However, the federal government and the state of Alabama have had an agreement since 1990, to allow Walter to serve his time in Alabama. Further, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that he support Alabama proceeding with the execution. Walter will likely appeal this decision to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:50 pm EDT
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that he supports Alabama going ahead with the execution of Walter Leroy Moody, Jr. Walter had submitted an appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that Alabama should not be allowed to execute him, as he should be in federal custody. Walter was first tried and convicted in federal court, where he received seven life-without-parole sentences. He was then tried and sentenced to death in Alabama. Walter attempted to argue that since he was first tried by a federal court, he should be in federal custody. However, the federal government and the state of Alabama have had an agreement since 1990, to allow Walter to serve his time in Alabama. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has yet to rule on Walter's appeal.
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018 11:50 am EDT
Walter Leroy Moody, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. Eighty-three-year-old Walter is convicted of the murder of 58-year-old US Circuit Judge Robert Smith Vance on December 16, 1989, in Alabama, and civil rights attorney Robert E. Robinson on December 18, 1989, in Georgia. Walter has spent the last 20 years of his life on Alabama’s death row.
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018 11:51 am EDT
Erick Daniel Davila is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-one-year-old Erick is convicted of the murder of 48-year-old Annette Stevenson and five-year-old Queshawn Stevenson on April 6, 2008, in Fort Worth, Texas. Erick has spent the last nine years on Texas’ death row.
Growing up, Erick did not have a close relationship with his mother, as he was conceived during a rape when she was 13. Erick was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and had a low IQ. He grew up in a high-crime area that had several gangs.
On April 6, 2008, Erick Davila and Garfield Thompson drove to the home of Annette Stevenson, who was throwing a ninth birthday party for her granddaughter Nihtica Stevenson. After driving past the house, Davila got out of the vehicle and Thompson drove off. Davila was observed by neighbors, who later identified him in a line-up, to be carrying a large gun, with a “red dot beam.”
A group who was in the neighborhood attending another party, observed Davila walk between two buildings. The group followed Davila as he walked between two homes and took aim at Annette’s house across the street. Davila shot Annette several times before running into the middle of the street and shooting into the house several more times.
Thompson then returned, driving the car. Davila got into the driver’s side of the car. He fired more shots at the house as he drove away.
By the time the police arrived at the scene, Annette had already died from her injuries. Queshawn was seriously injured and several other children had various injuries.
April 17, 2018
Robert Earl Butts, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EDT on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Forty-year-old Robert is convicted of the murder of Donovan Corey Parks on March 28, 1996, in Milledgeville, Georgia. Robert has spent the last 19 years on Georgia’s death row.
Robert had a difficult and neglected childhood. His mother was addicted to alcohol and cocaine and his father suffered from a mental illness. At the time of his arrest, Robert was a member of a gang. Robert had held multiple jobs prior to his arrest, however, he was frequently fired due to his inability to get along with others. In at least one job, Robert engaged in a fist fight with a customer.
On March 28, 1996, Robert Butts and Marion Wilson, Jr., took Butts’ vehicle to Wal-Mart, where they began searching for a victim. Butts and Wilson were observed entering the store and getting in a check-out line behind a man later identified as Donovan Corey Parks, a prison guard. Butts only purchased a pack of chewing gum.
Butts was observed asking Donovan if he could give Butts and Wilson a ride. Donovan agreed, moving items in his vehicle to make room for the two men. A short while later, according a witness who heard Butts confess to the crime, Butts pulled a shotgun on Donovan and ordered him to stop. Wilson dragged Donovan out of the vehicle, tied him up, and ordered him to lie facedown on the pavement. Butts fired a fatal shot into the back of Donovan’s head. Nearby witnesses who heard the shot, thought it was a vehicle backfiring.
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018 11:21 am EDT
Marcel Emanuel Johnson was scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EDT, on Monday, May 7, 2018, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview in Rockview, Pennsylvania. His execution has been stayed. Twenty-five-year-old Marcel is convicted of murdering 22-year-old Ebony Talley, who was pregnant, and her 4-year-old daughter R.R. on November 25, 2013, in Levittown, Pennsylvania. Marcel has spent the last three years on Pennsylvania’s death row.
Marcel’s execution has been stayed by Bucks County Common Pleas Court in order to allow time for Marcel to complete his appeals. Additionally, on Friday, February 13, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on executions in the state, until he receives and reviews a report on capital punishment in the state, a report which was ordered in 2011. In his announcement, he called the death penalty in Pennsylvania a "flawed system," "ineffective," "unjust," and "expensive." Read more about the announcement here.
Marcel allegedly have a difficult upbringing with chronic and pervasive abuse, neglect, and abandonment. During his trial, he alleged that he had various mental illnesses for which he had been in-and-out of treatment.
On November 25, 2013, Marcel Johnson went to visit Ebony Talley, with whom he was storing some of his belongings, and where he occasionally spent the night. Ebony’s family was there when he arrived. They left around 2:30 pm. Approximately one half hour later, a fire was detected in the apartment.
Firefighters faced difficulties battling the fire due to the thick, black smock. Upon gaining entry into the apartment, they discovered Ebony’s body in the bedroom, lying face down, with numerous stab wounds and a plastic bag wrapped tightly around her head. Small, empty, yellow wax bags were also found laying around the body. Ebony’s daughter, R.R., was found unresponsive, in a pool of blood, in the living room, with multiple stab wounds. She was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.