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 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.”
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.
March 25, 2017
Ivan Teleguz is scheduled to be executed at 9 pm EDT, on Wednesday, April 25, 2017, at Greenville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia. Thirty-eight-year-old Ivan is convicted of the murder-for-hire of 20-year-old Stephanie Yvonne Sipe on July 21, 2001, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Ivan has spent the last 10 years of his life on Virginia’s death row.
Ivan was born in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, but his family fled religion persecution when he was a child. Ivan dated Stephanie Sipe, with whom he had a child before the two broke up. Stephanie kept the child while Ivan paid child support.
On July 23, 2001, Pamela Woods was worried about her daughter, Stephanie Sipe, whom she had been unable to contact and went to Stephanie’s apartment. Inside, Pamela discovered the body of Stephanie in the front room. Pamela began screaming for help before finding Stephanie’s 23-month-old son in a bathtub full of water, unharmed. Upon investigation, police found blood in the apartment that did not belong to Stephanie.
Police also discovered that the father of Stephanie’s son was Ivan Teleguz, who was currently living in Pennsylvania. Upon questioning, Teleguz denied involvement in the murder, saying he had been in Pennsylvania since July 20, 2001. Blood tests determined that Teleguz did not match the blood left in the apartment.
Police had few leads until February of 2003, when they received a tip that Teleguz had hired someone to commit the murder: Michael Hetrick. Hetrick confessed to the murder, saying that Teleguz had hired him for $2,000, half of which was received prior to the murder. After the murder, Teleguz gave him the remaining half, plus $500 for expenses. Edwin Gilkes accompanied Hetrick during the murder. Police matched the blood found at the crime scene to Hetrick.