Updated: October 11, 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).
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Updated: Monday, October 15, 2018 10:01 am EDT
Rodney Scott Berget is scheduled to be executed some time during the week of October 28-November 3, 2018, at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The exact day and time of the execution will be announced closer to the execution. Fifty-five-year-old Rodney is convicted of the murder of 63-year-old correctional officer Ronald Johnson on April 12, 2011, at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. Rodney has spent the last six years on South Dakota’s death row.
Rodney grew up in a poverty-ridden home in South Dakota and had four other siblings. Rodney’s father failed as a farmer before going to work for the state highway department. His mother was a bar manager at a local Holiday Inn. Allegedly Rodney’s father was an alcoholic and physically abusive when he was home. Rodney’s parent’s eventually divorced and Rodney, and his brother Roger, began getting into trouble. As a teenager, Rodney spent time in prison. At the age of 25, Rodney was serving time for grand theft, when he participated in an escape attempt. He was capture one month later. In 2003, Rodney was arrested and convicted of kidnapping and attempted murder. Rodney was given an 80-year sentence. Rodney’s older brother, Roger, was executed in 2000, for a 1987, car-jacking and murder in Oklahoma.
While serving his time for kidnapping and attempted robbery, Rodney Berget met fellow inmate Eric Robert. Together the two men made a plan to escape or die trying. A third inmate supplied them with the necessary equipment.
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2018 9:54 am EDT
Raymond Tibbetts was scheduled to be executed at 10 am EDT, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Raymond has been granted clemency by Governor John Kasich. Sixty-one-year-old Raymond is convicted of murdering his wife, Judith Sue Crawford, and 67-year-old Fred Hicks on November 6, 1997, inside of Fred’s Cincinnati home, where they all lived. Raymond has spent the last 20 years of his life on Ohio’s death row.
Raymond alleged that he had a “miserable” and “horrible” childhood, as his parents were drug users, causing him to be in and out of foster care beginning at an early age. Raymond played football in high school until he suffered a knee injury. At a young age, Raymond began getting into trouble with law enforcement, eventually resulting in prison time.
Fred Hicks suffered from emphysema and had hired Judith Crawford as his live-in caretaker in his Cincinnati, Ohio home. In late September 1997, Judith married Raymond Tibbetts who also moved into Fred’s house. Fred’s sister, Joan Landwehr would often visit with Fred to check on him.
On November 6, 1997, Joan arrived at Fred’s home for a lunch date. Upon knocking and receiving no response, Joan let herself into the house with her spare key. She noticed that Fred’s vehicle was missing. After entering, Joan went to the second floor where she found her brother’s body slumped in a chair. Fred’s chest and stomach were bloody and the pants pocket where he normally kept his money was turned inside out. Joan immediately called the police.
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2018 9:57 am EDT
Kwame A. Rockwell's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-two-year-old Kwame is convicted of murdering 22-year-old Daniel Rojas-Torres, and 70-year-old Jerry Burnett in Fort Worth, Texas in March 2010. Kwame has spent the last six year on Texas’ death row.
Kwame graduated from high school and was the co-owner of a car lot. He did not have a prior prison record.
During the early morning hours of March 23, 2010, Kwame Rockwell and two other men, all wearing ski masks and gloves, entered a convenience store in Fort Worth, Texas. The left-handed gunman shot Jerry Burnett, a bread delivery man, shortly after entering the store. Jerry died ten days later in a hospital.
Daniel Rojas-Torres, who was working the counter, attempted to flee into the storeroom, but was caught by the robbers. He cooperated with the robbers, giving them the money they wanted, before he was forced into the back of the store, where he was killed by a shot to the back of the head. Rockwell stated that he had to kill the two men because they could identify the group, who were frequent customers at the store, as they worked nearby.
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2018 10:07 am EDT
Emanuel Kemp, Jr., was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. His execution has been stayed. Fifty-three-year-old Emanuel is convicted of the murder of 34-year-old Johnnie Mae Gray, which occurred on May 28, 1987, in Fort Worth, Texas. Emanuel had spent the last 30 years on death row in Texas.
Emanuel’s execution was stayed after his attorney requested that evidence be DNA tested, as it has never been done in this case. Attorneys for the state of Texas agreed that the evidence should be tested prior to the execution, as Emanuel’s trial was held before DNA testing was common and considered reliable. Beginning in 2001, Texas law requires that DNA testing be performed on evidence.
Emanuel, who dropped out of school after the ninth grade, worked as a laborer prior to his arrest. Emanuel had previously served time for robbery with a deadly weapon and for violating his parol.
On May 28, 1987, Emanuel Kemp, Jr., had been released on parole for five days. Using a knife, he forced the bus driver to drive around while he raped and stabbed the lone passenger of the bus, Johnnie Gray. Johnnie died from her injuries. Kemp then stabbed David Jeanfreau, the driver of the bus, in the neck. David fled and survived his injury.
Police arrested Kemp three days after the crime and the bus driver was able to positively identify Kemp in a line-up. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the crime. Since his conviction and imprisonment, Kemp’s lawyers allege that he has been experiencing a mental breakdown that has gotten progressively worse over the years. He has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He has had numerous evaluations throughout the years, with varying results regarding his competency.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Johnnie Gray. Please pray for peace for David Jeanfreau. Please try for strength for the family of Emanuel Kemp. Please pray that if Emanuel is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Emanuel may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.