Did You Know?

Thirteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2017.

Scheduled Executions

Updated: June 8, 2017 

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.  This list contains only current Ohio executions.  Click here for more information about Ohio's legal challenges.

June 2017

  • 08 - Roberts Melson, Alabama - Executed
  • 28 - Steven Long, Texas - Rescheduled to August 30, 2017

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Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 2:07 pm EDT

 

Steven Lynn Long's execution was scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.  His execution has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 30, 2017.  Forty-five-year-old Steven is convicting of raping and murdering 11-year-old Kaitlyn Briana Smith on May 21, 2005, in Dallas, Texas.  Steven has spent the last 11 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

According to testimony at his trial, Steven’s mother, by her own admission, neglected her children.  She would frequently take them to bars and leave them sitting in the car.  She also threatened to take and leave them in an orphanage if they misbehaved.  Steven was arrested several times a child, misbehaved at school, and suffered from anxiety attacks.  As he grew older, his attacks became more violent; once threatening his mother with a knife and physically assaulting his daughter.  While serving time for attempted murder, Steven alleges he was sexually abused by another inmate.  Prior to his arrest, Steven worked on refrigerators.

 

On May 20, 2005, 11-year-old Kaitlyn Smith went over to her neighbor’s house to spend the night.  The following morning, it was discovered that she was missing.  Following that discovery, a search of the neighborhood commenced.  Kaitlyn’s grandfather noticed that the skirting around a vacant home had been disturbed.  Upon further investigation, he found Kaitlyn’s body beneath the house.  

 

A bloody fingerprint was found near her body.  The fingerprint matched that of Steven Long, who had also been staying the night in the same house as Kaitlyn.  An autopsy revealed that Kaitlyn had been violently sexually assaulted for a prolonged period of time.  Long confessed to killing and raping Kaitlyn shortly after police arrested him.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Kaitlyn Smith.  Please pray for strength for the family of Steven.  Please pray that if Steven is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be provided prior to his execution.  Please pray that Steven will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017  2:06 pm EDT

 

William Charles Morva is scheduled to be executed at 9 pm EDT, on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Greenville Correction Center in Jarrett, Virginia.  Thirty-four-year-old William is convicted of the murder of 32-year-old Derrick McFarland and 40-year-old Corporal Eric Sutphin in August of 2006, in Blacksburg, Virginia.  William has spent the last nine years of his life on Virginia’s death row.

 

According to those who knew William, his behavior changed following the death of Charles Morva, William’s father, in 2004.  Prior to 2005, William was a drifter, having no permanent address, and was a self-proclaimed survivalist, who preferred to go without shoes, and often spoke of spending the nights in the woods. 

 

In 2005, William Morva was in jail awaiting trial on attempted robbery and firearms possession.  On August 19, days before his trial, Morva complained that he had sprained his ankle and injured his wrist and required medical treatment.  Morva was taken to a local hospital the following morning.  Due to his alleged wrist injury, waist chains were not utilized.  

 

Sheriff’s Deputy Russell Quesenberry accompanied Morva to the hospital.  While walking, Quesenberry noticed that Morva’s limping (due to his alleged injured ankle) was sporadic and seemed to completely disappear at times.  Additionally, Morva continually tried to walk on the right side of Deputy Quesenberry, despite requests to stay to the left.  Deputy Quesenberry wore his firearm on his right side.

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