Did You Know?

Ten men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2017.

Scheduled Executions

Updated: April 28, 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).

April 2017

  • 12 - Raymond Tibbetts, Ohio - Rescheduled from February 15, 2017, Rescheduled to July 26, 2017
  • 12 - Paul Storey, Texas - Stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • 17 - Bruce Ward, Arkansas - Stayed
  • 17 - Don Davis, Arkansas - Stayed
  • 20 - Ledell Lee, Arkansas - Executed
  • 20 - Stacey Johnson, Arkansas - Stayed
  • 24 - Jack Jones, Arkansas - Executed
  • 24 - Marcel Williams, Arkansas - Executed
  • 25 - Ivan Teleguz, Virginia - Commuted to Life in Prison 
  • 27 - Kenneth Williams, Arkansas - Executed
  • 27 - Jason McGehee, Arkansas - Stayed

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Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017  12:32 pm EDT

 

Arkansas has carried out the execution of Ledell Lee after multiple appeals and delays.  He was pronounced dead at 11:56 pm CDT.  Read more here.

 

Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017  12:32 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the Untied States has rejected five appeals for Ledell Lee, and lifted their previous stay of execution.  

  

Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017  10:40 pm EDT

 

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected multiple requests to stay the execution of Ledell Lee.  Ledell still has multiple appeals pending at the Supreme Court of the United States.  The stay issued earlier by the Supreme Court of the United States remains in effect pending further order of the Court or Justice Alito.  So far, there has been no word.

 

Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017  9:32 pm EDT

 

Ledell Lee has been issued a temporary stay by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals until 9:15 CDT.  The stay is to allow time for the Supreme Court of the United States to consider Ledell's appeals.

 

Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017  8:16 pm EDT

 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has lifted a ban on the use of the one of the lethal injection drugs, allowing tonight’s execution of Ledell Lee to proceed.  Ledell still has appeals pending. 

 

Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017  4:26 pm EDT

 

 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected, without comment, a request for a stay of execution from Ledell Lee.  Ledell’s execution remains on hold, at the moment, due to a lower court’s ruling.  Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has requested the Arkansas Supreme Court overturn the ban issued by a lower court judge preventing the state from using the lethal injection drugs due to a complaint by the company that sold the state the drugs.

 

Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017  11:20 am EDT

 

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray issued a temporary restraining order, preventing Arkansas from using its supply of vecuronium bromide.  The order was granted after the company that supplied the drug protested its use of the drug in executions. The drug company, McKesson Corp., previously sought, and was granted, an identical order earlier this week.  They later withdrew their complaint and the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the earlier order.  They have now, once again, lodged a complaint and been granted an order preventing the state from using the drug in executions.

 

Ledell Lee has requested a stay of execution from the Arkansas Supreme Court, after a lower court judge rejected his request.  Ledell is asking that his execution be stayed in order to allow time for additional DNA testing.  The lower court judge, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Herbert Wright, questioned the timing of the request, noting that Ledell’s attorneys waited until his execution date was approaching to make the request, when the advances in DNA testing had been available for some years.  Additionally, the judge noted that there was significant evidence, such as eyewitness testimony, that placed Ledell at the scene of the crime.  Ledell is currently be represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

 

Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017  10:32 am EDT

 

On Friday, April 14, 2017, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order to prevent Arkansas from using one of its lethal injection drugs, vecuronium bromide, due to protests by the drug company who originally the sold the drug to Arkansas.  The drug company has since withdrawn their complaint.  Judge Griffen has since been removed from all death penalty and lethal injection cases by the Arkansas Supreme Court, due to his participation in a death penalty protest.  The Arkansas Supreme Court has also lifted his ban on using vecuronium bromide.

 

Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017  10:12 pm EDT

 

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has also overturned the ruling of US District Judge Kristine Baker.  Judge Baker had blocked all executions by ruling that midazolam had the potential to cause a cruel and unusual death in violation of the 8th Amendment.  The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the evidence presented did not adequately support Judge Baker's conclusion.  However, the ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals did not affect the ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court, which stayed Monday's execution of Don Davis and Bruce Ward.

 

Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017  5:23 pm EDT

 

On Friday, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order to prevent Arkansas from using one of its lethal injection drugs, vecuronium bromide, due to protests by the drug company who originally the sold the drug to Arkansas.  They have since withdrawn their complaint.  On Friday, the same day the Judge Griffen issued his order that Arkansas could not use the drugs, meaning no executions could take place, Judge Griffen participated in a death penalty protest, mimicking a death row inmate strapped to a gurney to be executed.  Judge Griffen has also been outspoken in his disapproval of the death penalty.  Following his order, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court, who ruled earlier today that Judge Griffen was to be removed from all death penalty and lethal injection cases immediately and the cases were to be reassigned.  Additionally, Judge Griffen was referred by the Arkansas Supreme Court to the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission to determine if he had violated the Code of Judicial Conduct.  The Arkansas Supreme Court has not lifted Judge Griffen's ban on the use of vecuronium bromide.

 

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, US District Judge Kristine Baker placed a blanket temporary injunction on all executions in Arkansas, following arguments from lawyers for the inmates that midazolam had the potential to cause a cruel and unusual death.  Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed and appeal with the Arkansas Supreme Court and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that the challenge of midazolam was without merit because it had already been decided by other court cases.  

 

Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017  4:00 pm EDT

 

Ledell Lee is scheduled to be executed around 9 pm CDT, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Cummins Unit near Varner, Arkansas.  Fifty-one-year-old Ledell is convicted of the murder of 26-year-old Debra Reese on February 9, 1993, in Sunnyside, Arkansas.  Ledell has spent the last 21 years of his life on Arkansas’ death row.

 

Ledell was abandoned by his father after he was born.  He grew up with no father figure and came from a dysfunctional home.

 

Around 10 am on February 9, 1993, a man knocked on the door of William McCullough, Jr., and asked to borrow some tools, promising to return them.  William gave the man a driver ratchet and a socket.  The man never returned.  William was later able to identifyy the man as Ledell Lee.

 

Around 10:50 am, Katherine Williams received a phone call from her daughter Debra Reese.  A man had just knocked on the door and asked to borrow some tools.  He left after Debra said she did not have any tools, however Debra remained uncomfortable.  Debra promised to drive to Katherine’s house as soon as she finished curling her hair.  Debra never arrived.

 

Andy Gomez lived across the street from Debra and observed a man, acting suspiciously, entering Debra’s home through the screen door.  Andy later identified the man as Lee.  When the man left 20 minutes later, Andy followed him in his car.  Andy observed the man stop and speak with a women, who was also able to identify the man as Lee.

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Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  8:30 pm EDT

 

Arkansa has executed Jack Jones.  Read more here.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  7:33 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected a request to stay the execution of Jack Jones.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  4:59 pm EDT

 

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request to stay the execution of Jack Jones.  He has appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  3:22 pm EDT

 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a request to stay the execution of Jack Harold Jones, Jr.   

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  11:22 am EDT

 

 

Jack Harold Jones, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm CDT, on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Cummins Unit near Varner, Arkansas.  Fifty-two-year-old Jack is convicted of the murder of 34-year-old Mary Phillips on June 6, 1995, in Bald Knob, Arkansas.  Jack has spent the last 20 years of his life on Arkansas’ death row.

 

Jack had twice attempted to commit suicide and allegedly has been diagnosed with anti-social personality and bi-polar disorder.  He had also been in a mental institution shortly before the murder of Mary Phillips.  Jack had begun using illicit drugs at an early age.  His father was an alcoholic and the his mother had a gambling problem.

 

On the afternoon of June 6, 1995, 11-year-old Lacy Phillips was dropped off at Automated Tax and Accounting Service in Bald, Knob, Arkansas, where her mother, Mary Phillips worked as a bookkeeper.  Mary was planning to take her daughter to dentist appointment later that afternoon, before returning home.  They never made it.

 

Before Lacy and her mother could leave, a black-haired male entered the business.  The man, later identified as Jack Jones, had visited the business earlier that day and borrowed some books.  When he returned, Jack claimed that he had been given the wrong books.  He also apologized and said that was “going to have to rob them.”  

 

Jones retrieved the cash out of the register before taking Lacy to the bathroom and tying her to a chair.  Jones then left Lacy for a bit before returning.  Lacy cried and asked Jones not to hurt her mother.  Jones replied, “I’m not.  I’m going to hurt you.”  

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Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  10:30 pm EDT

 

Marcel Williams has been executed by the state of Arkansas.  Read more here.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  10:30 pm EDT

 

The stay of execution for Marcel Williams has been lifted.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  9:32 pm EDT

 

Marcel Williams has been granted a temporary stay of execution by Judge Kristine Baker due to concerns over the execution of Jack Jones, which occurred shortly after 7 pm CDT, earlier this evening.  The stay is to last for 20 minutes or until further order of the court, whichever is later.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  4:58 pm EDT

 

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request to stay the execution of Marcel Williams.  He has appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  3:25 pm EDT

 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a request to stay the execution of Marcel Williams.   

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  11:28 am EDT

 

Marcel Wayne Williams is scheduled to be executed at 8:15 pm CDT, on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Cummins Unit near Varner, Arkansas.  Forty-six-year-old Marcel is convicted of the murder of 22-year-old Stacy Rae Errickson on December 5, 1994, in Jacksonville, Arkansas.  He has spent the last 21 years on Arkansas’ death row.

 

Marcel had previously been convicted of several burglaries and served a prison sentence.

 

On November 20, 1994, around 6:45 am, Marcel Williams forced Stacy Errickson, at gunpoint, to let him into her car.  Williams  drove Stacey to several automated teller machines, forcing her to withdraw money that totaled to $350.  Stacy never arrived at work that day, nor did she pick up her child from the babysitter that day.

 

Williams was arrested on an outstanding warrant on November 29, 1994.  Williams had been linked to assaults on two other women.  During the 13 hour police questioning, Williams admitted to abducting Stacy, however, he denied sexually assaulting her and assured police, that to the best of his knowledge, she was still alive.

 

Stacy’s body was discovered by police in a shallow grave on December 5, 1994.  Two female witnesses testified that Williams had followed them from a gas station, abandoning his pursuit when the entered an Air Force base.  Williams is believed to have returned to the gas station and then abducted Stacy.  Stacy was determined to have been killed by suffocation.

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Updated: Friday, April 28, 2017  12:18 am EDT

 

Arkansas has executed Kenneth Williams.  Read more here.

 

Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017  11:28 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected all appeals for Kenneth Williams, allowing his execution to proceed.

 

Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017  9:05 pm EDT

 

The execution of Kenneth Williams is delayed while the Supreme Court of the United States considers the case.

 

Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017  7:22 pm EDT

 

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request to stay the execution of Kenneth Williams.

 

Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017  5:40 pm EDT

 

The Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson has refused to grant clemency to Kenneth Williams.  In his refusal, the governor noted that Kenneth was granted clemency once, being spared the death penalty and sentenced to life in prison, after his first murder.  Kenneth then chose to escape custody and commit a second murder, for which he is scheduled to be executed.

 

Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017  12:24 pm EDT

 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has denied a request to stay the execution of Kenneth Dewayne Williams.  Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has stated that there are no further requests from Kenneth pending before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

 

Updated: Tuesday, April 25, 2017  12:31 pm EDT

 

Kenneth Dewayne Williams is scheduled to be executed around 9 pm CDT, on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Cummins Unit near Varner, Arkansas.  Thirty-eight-year-old Kenneth is convicted of the murder of 57-year-old Cecil Boren on October 3, 1999, in Varner, Arkansas.  Kenneth has spent the last 17 years of his life on Arkansas’ death row.

 

Kenneth was exposed to drugs and alcohol from a young age.  He also grew up in a violent home.  Growing up, Kenneth suffered from developmental disabilities, making it difficult for him in school.

 

On December 13, 1998, Peter Robertson and his friend Dominique Herd, both students at the University of Arkansas, were kidnapped at gunpoint upon leaving a restaurant in Pine Bluff, where they were eating dinner.  They were forced to drive around the man, later identified as Kenneth Williams, until eventually, he forced them out of the vehicle.  During their drive, Williams continuously told the couple that they would be fine.  After forcing them to exit the vehicle, Williams asked where they were from.  Peter said “New Jersey,” while Dominique answered “Dallas.”  Williams said, “I don’t like the [expletive deleted] from Dallas anyway,” before shooting at both Peter and Dominique.  Peter survived his injuries and was able to call the police.  Dominique died from a gunshot wound to the head.  

 

Williams was convicted and sentenced by a jury to life in prison, without the possibility of parole on September 15, 1999.

 

On October 3, 1999, less than one month after beginning his sentence, Williams escaped from the Cummins Unit, where he was serving his sentence.  Williams escaped by hiding in a vat of pig slop being taken away on a garbage truck.  Williams made his way to the home of Cecil Boren, who was at home tending to his garden.  Cecil was shot and killed by Williams, who then dragged Cecil’s body to a bayou.  

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