Did You Know?

Six men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2017.

Scheduled Executions

March 20, 2017

 

Stacey Eugene Johnson is scheduled to be executed around 9 pm CDT, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Cummins Unit near Varner, Arkansas.  Forty-seven-year-old Stacey is convicted of the murder of Carol Jean Heath, in her DeQueen, Arkansas, apartment, during the late hours of April 1, 1993, or the early morning hours of April 2, 1993, while Carol’s two young children were hiding in the home.  Stacey has spent the last 22 years on Arkansas’ death row.

 

Around 6:45 am, on April 2, 1993, Rose Cassidy, discovered her sister’s, Carol Heath, partially clothed body lying in a pool of blood in her apartment.  After calling the police, Rose discovered that Carol’s two children, 6-year-old Ashley and 2-year-old Jonathan were still in the home, hiding in a bedroom.  When Rose asked Ashley what happened, Ashley told her, “Somebody had broke in.”  Ashley also identified the man as an African-American.  She later identified Stacey Johnson out of a picture line-up and stated that he had a female sounding name. 

 

Upon investigation, police discovered that Carol had been strangled, had her neck cut through to her spine, and received blunt-force head injuries.  A doctor could not say for certainty whether Carol had been raped or sexually assaulted, although evidence suggested that she had been.  Carol’s purse was discovered days later in the woods near her apartment.  Inside of her purse were several bloodstained items and items which contained DNA.  The clothing found matched Ashley’s description of what the man who killed her mother was wearing.  Johnson was eventually arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

Stacey Johnson was scheduled to be executed on November 3, 2015.  His execution was stayed, along with several others, by a judge with the Pulaski County Circuit Court.  The execution was stayed due to legal challenges regarding the execution drugs.

 

Ledell Lee is also scheduled to be executed on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Arkansas.  As of yet, no information has been provided as to the order in which the men will be executed.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Carol Heath.  Please pray for strength for the family of Stacey Johnson.  Please pray that if Stacey 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 arrest.  Please pray that Stacey may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

March 20, 2017

 

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.

 

That afternoon, Debra’s body was discovered in her bedroom.  She had been beaten 36 times with a tire thumper, which was given to Debra to use for protection while her husband was away.  Bruising on her face and neck indicate that she had also been strangled.  During the investigation, it was discovered that three one-hundred-dollar bills were missing from her wallet.  The bills were part of stack belonging to Debra’s father and were in sequential order.  Debra’s father had given three to her.  Evidence showed that one of these bills was used by Lee to pay a debt at a Rent-a-Center.

 

As Lee was awaiting trial, he became the suspect in several other crimes, including the kidnapping and murder of 22-year-old Christine Lewis.  Christine was abducted from her Sunnyside home in November of 1989, as her three-year-old child watched.  Christine was strangled to death and her body left in the closet of an abandoned home.  The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial and the state decided not to retry Lee after he received the death sentence for Debra’s murder.  Lee was also convicted on three charges of rape

 

Lee was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death on October 16, 1995.  

 

Stacey Johnson is also scheduled to be executed on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Arkansas.  As of yet, no information has been provided as to the order in which the men will be executed.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Debra Reese, Christine Lewis, and all the women harmed.  Please pray for strength for the family of Ledell Lee.  Please pray that if Ledell 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 Ledell may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

March 24, 2017

 

Jack Harold Jones, Jr., is scheduled to be executed around 9 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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March 24, 2017

 

Marcel Wayne Williams is scheduled to be executed around 9 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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