Updated: February 20, 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: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:13 pm EST
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has recommended that Governor Greg Abbott grant clemency to Thomas Bartlett “Bart” Whitaker, who is convicted of killing his mother and brother, and attempting to kill his father. The Parole Board's decision was unanimous. Governor Abbott does not have to follow the recommendation of the Parole Board. Thomas' father, Kent, has been advocating that his son's life be spared, arguing that he has become a changed man in during the years he spent in prison.
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 11:44 am EST
Thomas Bartlett “Bart” Whitaker is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-eight-year-old Thomas is convicted of arranging the murder of his mother, 53-year-old Patricia Whitaker, and his brother, 19-year-old Kevin Whitaker on December 10, 2003, in Sugar Land, Texas. Thomas has spent the last 11 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Thomas Whitaker had graduated from high school and led his family to believe that he was attending college. On December 10, 2003, Kent, his father, Patricia, his mother, and Kevin, his brother, were taking him out to dinner to celebrate, what they believed to be, his impending graduation from college. Thomas was not attending college. Instead, he had conspired with his roommate Christopher Brashear, to murder his family in order to inherit the estimated $1.5 million family estate.
After arriving home from dinner, Kent, Patricia, and Kevin entered their home where Brashear was waiting for them. Thomas knew that Brashear was in the home. Kent, Patricia, and Kevin were all shot. Thomas was also shot in the arm, in an effort to hide his involvement. Patricia and Kevin did from their injures, while Kent survived. Thomas fled to Mexico in June 2004, as the police investigation focused on him.
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 11:41 am EST
Doyle Lee Hamm's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. His stay of execution was overturned. Sixty-year-old Doyle is convicted of murdering Patrick Cunningham on January 24, 1987, in Cullman, Alabama. Doyle has spent the last 30 years of his life on death row in Alabama.
Doyle was granted a stay of execution by US District Judge Karon Bowdre. The stay was granted after Doyles lawyers successfully argued that he is too sick to be executed. Doyle perviously had cancer before going into remission. He has recently complained of having lumps and the current state of his health is uncertain. Doyle's lawyers also argue that in addition to being sick, his previous drug use will make it difficult, if not impossible, to locate a suitable vein to be used for lethal injection. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the stay the execution, however, they also ordered that a medical examine be performed on Doyle by no later than Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
As a child, Doyle had to repeat first grade. He ended up dropping out of school in the ninth grade. He began drinking at an early age and also sniffed glue and took drugs. According to his sister, his father encouraged the children to steal and Doyle was arrested throughout the years on charges of burglary, assault, and grand larceny. He was also involved in a shooting in Mississippi.
On January 24, 1987, Kathy Flannagan approached Patrick Cunningham, who was working as a desk clerk at Anderson’s Motel in Cullman, Alabama, to check into her room. During that time, she observed a male enter the motel and ask about a room for three. He was informed that he needed a reservation. He left. As Kathy was leaving, she observed the same man re-enter the motel, with a second male. Patrick noted that it looked like there was going to be trouble and hurriedly pointed Kathy to her room.
Kathy exited the hotel and re-entered her vehicle. When she again looked into the motel lobby, she saw the second man pointing a gun at Patrick. The first man appeared to be standing watch by the doorway. Additionally, a car was left with its engine running just outside the door. Kathy thought their could be a third person in the vehicle. She pretended as if she had not seen anything and left the motel, driving to a phone to call the police.
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 11:23 am EST
Eric Scott Branch is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm EST, on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida. Forty-seven-year-old Eric is convicted of the sexual battery and murder of Susan Morris on January 11, 1993, in Pensacola, Florida. He has spent the last 24 years on Florida’s death row.
Eric allegedly had a difficult and unstable childhood growing up. At the time of the murder, Eric was wanted for sexually assaulting a girl in Panama City on New Year’s Eve. He was also in violation of his parole in Indiana, where he had been convicted of sexually battery and beating a 14-year-old girl.
Eric Branch knew he was wanted by the police for a parole violation and that his vehicle could be traced back to him. In an attempt to avoid arrest by the police, he decided to steal a vehicle from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. He targeted Susan Morris as she walked to her vehicle after an evening class on January 11, 1993. He took off with her in her car.
Her nude body was later discovered in nearby woods. She had been severely beaten and stomped. She had also been sexually assaulted and strangled to death. She had numerous bruises and lacerations throughout her body.
Branch was arrested a few days later in Indiana, where Susan’s car was also discovered. Branch had also been seen on the campus of the University of West Florida on the night Susan disappeared. Susan’s blood was found in the recovered vehicle and on clothing belonging to Branch. He was convicted and sentenced to death on May 3, 1994.
Ahead of his execution, Eric Branch requested that his execution be halted. He appealed to Circuit Judge Edward P. Nickinson, arguing on two points that he should not be executed. First, Eric claims that his young age at the time of the murder, 21, should have prevented him from ever being sentenced to death, as he was emotionally immature and his brain was not fully developed. Second, he is arguing that the 24 years he has already spent on death row is cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of his 8th Amendment rights. Judge Nickinson rejected both requests. Eric has appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, which has rejected his appeal.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Susan Morris. Please pray for strength for the family of Eric. Please pray that tif Eric is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be provided prior to the execution. Please pray that Eric may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 11:25 am EST
Raghunandan Yandamuri was scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EST, on Friday, February 23, 2107, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview in Rockview, Pennsylvania. His execution has been stayed. Thirty-two-year-old Raghunandan is convicted of the murder of 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna and 10-month-old Saanvi Venna in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on October 22, 2012. Raghunandan has spent the last three years on Pennsylvania’s death row.
Raghunandan was born in India and never became a citizen of the United States. Raghunandan obtained an advanced degree in electrical and computer science engineering. Raghunandan did not have a history of criminal convictions or mental or emotional problems, according to information provided at his trial.
Raghunandan Yandamuri and his wife attended a party at Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on October 20, 2012. During the party, they met Chenchu and Venkata Venna and their 10-month-old daughter Saanvi. During the party, Chenchu and Venkata talked about they both work and their daughter would be staying with grandparents during the day. Yandamuri held the baby during the party and the gold jewelry the baby was wearing was also discussed.
Two days later, Yandamuri returned the apartment where the party was held. Satyavathi Venna, the grandmother who was watching Saanvi, answered the door. Yandamuri brandished a four-inch knife and attempted the kidnap the child. Satyavathi tried to fight Yandamuri. She was stabbed at least three times in the throat, hard enough for the knife to strike the bone. In an attempt to silence the baby, Yandamuri stuffed a handkerchief in her mouth. When that did not work, he tied a cloth around Saanvi’s head to keep the handkerchief from falling out.
Yandamuri took a suitcase from the closet, collected gold jewelry, including some that Satyavathi was wearing, and placed it inside the suitcase. He also placed the baby inside the suitcase. Ultimately, he left Saanvi inside the men’s sauna at the Marquis Apartments.
Yandamuri returned to his apartment, where he showered and changed. Afterwards, he threw some of the stolen jewelry into the river and hid the rest behind a vending machine in his office building.