Did You Know?

Sixteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2017.

Scheduled Executions

Updated: August 10, 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.

August 2017

  • 22 - Marcellus Williams, Missouri
  • 24 - Mark Asay, Florida
  • 30 - Steven Long, Texas - Rescheduled from June 28, 2017

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Updated: Tuesday, August 15, 2017  12:35 pm EDT

An attorney for Marcellus Williams has requested that Marcellus' execution by halted.  The attorney is arguing that Marcellus should be granted a stay due to his DNA not being found on the murder weapon.  The attorney is also asking for a new trial or a reduction in sentence to life in prison, at the very least.  DNA found on the murder weapon, a knife, belongs to an unknown male.  DNA testing was ordered in January of 2015, which was Marcellus' first execution date.

Updated: Monday, August 14, 2017  10:54 am EDT

Marcellus S. Williams is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Forty-eight-year-old Marcellus is convicted of murdering Felicia “Lisha” Gayle on August 11, 1998, in University City, Missouri, while robbing her home.  Marcellus has spent the last 14 years on Missouri’s death row.

 

As a child, Marcellus alleges he was physically and sexually abused by family members.  He also says his family encouraged him into criminal behavior.  He was exposed to guns, drugs, and alcohol at a young age, which he later became addicted to.  His family was impoverished and dysfunctional.  Marcellus had a lengthy criminal record, including 16 convictions for robbery, burglary, assault, and unlawful use of a weapon, among others.  According to his family, Marcellus was a loving and supportive father to his son and step-daughter.

 

On August 11, 1998, Marcellus Williams took a bus to University City, Missouri and began looking for places to burglarize.  Williams noticed the home of Lisha Gayle.  He knocked on the door, and, after receiving no answer, broke into the home.  He heard water running from the bathroom.  He grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and waited of Lisha to come into the kitchen.

 

Williams stabbed and cut Lisha 43 times.  Seven of the wounds were fatal.  After killing Lisha, Williams washed his hands and put on his jacket to hide the bloodstains.  He also took Lisha’s purse and her husband’s laptop computer.  Williams then took the bus to return home.

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Updated: Tuesday, August 15, 2017  12:37 pm EDT

 

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state could go ahead with the scheduled execution of Mark Asay.  If executed, Mark will be the first person executed in Florida in over 18 months.  Executions have been on hold due to legal problems with Florida's death penalty sentencing procedure.  Mark was also asking that his execution be stayed due to plans to use a never-before-tried executed method.

 

Updated: Monday, August 14, 2017  10:49 am EDT

 

Mark James Asay is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm EDT on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida.  Fifty-three-year-old Mark is convicted of murdering Robert Lee Booker and Robert (Renee) McDowell on July 18, 1987, in Jacksonville, Florida.  Mark has spent the last 28 years of his life on Florida’s death row.

 

Mark was the youngest of seven children.  Mark had previously been arrested and served time in a Texas prison in 1985, for auto theft.  He was on parole at the time of the murders.  While serving time, Mark earned his general equivalency diploma (GED).

 

Mark Asay, his brother Robbie Asay, and Robbie’s friend Bubba O’Quinn all went out to a local bar on Friday, July 17, 1987.  They spent the evening drinking and playing pool together.  Around midnight, the three decided to leave and go to another bar.  By 2 am, on the morning of Saturday, July 18, 1987, all three men had each drank approximately 12 beers.  Bubba admitted that they were all “buzzed.”  At some point throughout the night, Bubba and Robbie had also smoked marijuana.

 

After leaving the bar, Robbie wanted to pick up a girl he had seen, while Bubba suggested they all find prostitutes; he also volunteered to pay.  Mark and Bubba drove off by themselves in Mark’s vehicle.  After failing to pick up two women, they observed Robbie’s vehicle parked nearby.  They observed Robbie talking to a black male, Robert Lee Booker, a local pimp.

 

Mark assumed that Robbie was having difficulties with Robert and exited his vehicle and started swearing at Robbie.  After Robert used a derogatory term towards Mark, Mark pulled out a gun and shot once at Robert.  Robert grabbed his side and ran.  His body was later discovered under the edge of a nearby house.  Robert died from internal bleeding.

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Updated: Monday, August 14, 2017  10:51 am EDT

 

Steven Lynn Long is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Walls United of Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Steven was previously scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, before it was rescheduled.  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 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, August 14, 2017  10:53 am EDT

 

Juan Edward Castillo is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Thirty-six-year-old Juan is convicted of the murder of 19-year-old Tommy Garcia, Jr., on December 3, 2003, in San Antonio, Texas.  Juan has spent the last 11 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Juan had previously worked as a cook and a laborer.  He was previously convicted of deadly conduct with a firearm.  During the trial, witnesses also testified that Juan was a violent man, threatening and beating the mother of his child.  Additionally, he had previously shot a man during a road rage incident, boasted about similar crimes, and bragged about committing home invasions and robberies.

 

In December 2003, Juan Castillo was dating Debra Espinosa.  Late on December 2, and during the early morning hours of December 3, 2003, the couple was with Francisco Gonzales, a friend with Castillo, and Gonzales’ girlfriend Teresa Quintero.  The four of them created a plan to rob Tommy Garcia, Jr., with who Espinosa had previously been intimate.  

 

Espinosa was to take Tommy to secluded spot in a residential neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas.  Castillo and Gonzales, in masks and armed with guns, would storm the car and rob Tommy.  Espinosa would play along, as if she were a victim too.  Quintero would serve as the get away driver from Castillo and Gonzales.  During the ensuing robbery, Tommy was shot and killed by Castillo, according to the others.

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