Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 10:41 am EDT
Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to be executed at 7:10 pm CDT on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tennessee. Fifty-nine-year-old Billy is convicted of raping and murdering 7-year-old Paula Kay Dyer on April 15, 1985, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Billy has spent the past 31 years on Tennessee’s death row.
Billy Irick was friends with Paula’s mother, Kathy, and step-father, Kenneth, and lived with them for a time, looking after their five young children while they worked. On April 14, 1985, Paula was living with her mother, while Irick and her step-father were staying with Kenneth’s mother. Paula’s mother left Irick to watch the children while she went out to look for work. She was uneasy about leaving the children with Irick since he had been drinking, although he did not seem intoxicated. She called Kenneth, telling him her fears. He agreed to check on Irick and the children.
Around midnight, Irick called Kenneth, asking him to come by, saying he was unable to wake up Paula. When he arrived, Paula was lying on the living room floor with blood between her legs. Kenneth checked to see if Paula had a pulse, which she did, and then took her to the Children’s Hospital. Paula was pronounced dead a short time after arriving, as they were unable to resuscitate her.
An autopsy determined that Paula likely died from asphyxiation or suffocation. She also had some bruising and cuts on her face. Additionally, evidence showed she had been raped.
Irick was arrested the following day after he was discovered hiding under a bridge. After being arrested, Irick confessed to the crime. He was sentenced to death on December 3, 1986.
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 10:40 am EDT
Carey Dean Moore is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sixty-year-old Carey is convicted of murdering Reuel Eugene Van Ness, Jr., on August 22, 1979, and Maynard Helgeland on August 27, 1979. Both murders occurred in Omaha, Nebraska. Carey has spent the last 37 years on death row in Nebraska.
Carey had a difficult childhood growing up. His father beat him as a child with electrical cords and leather straps. He did not have a stable home, as he was in and out of foster care as a child. He was also frequently in trouble. At the time of the murders, Carey claims that he was under the influence of tranquilizers.
According to Carey Moore, on August 22, 1979, he and his 14-year-old brother were out when he decided to rob a cab driver. When the cab driver, Reuel Eugene Van Ness, Jr., stopped his vehicle, Moore pointed an automatic gun at his head and demanded money. Moore insists that Reuel instead reached for the gun and it went off. Reuel was shot three times: once in the hand, once near his spine, and once in his head. Moore and his brother dumped Reuel, who was still alive, in a parking lot and wiped down the cab, attempting to erase evidence that they had been there.
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 10:38 am EDT
Jose Antonio Jimenez is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm EDT, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida. Fifty-four-year-old Jose is sentenced to death for the murder of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in Miami, Florida on October 2,1992. Jose has spent the last 24 years on death row in Florida.
On October 2, 1992, Jose Jimenez entered the home of Phyllis Minas, located in a north Miami apartment complex. Jimenez was also a resident of the apartment complex. Once Jimenez was inside, he beat and stabbed Phyllis. A neighbor heard her screaming “Oh God, Oh my God!” during the attack and attempted to enter the apartment through the open front door. As they were entering, Jimenez slammed the door shut and locked it. The neighbor called the police.
Jimenez exited the apartment by going out onto a balcony, where he jumped to a neighboring balcony before jumping to the ground. A custodian witnessed a man, whom he later identified as Jimenez, drop to the ground from the balcony. Jimenez changed his clothes and cleaned himself up before re-entering the complex and asking someone to use their phone to call a cab.
When rescue workers arrived at Phyllis’ apartment, she was still alive. She died a short time later. Jimenez was arrested on October 5, 1992, at his parents home in Miami. His fingerprints had been found inside Phyllis’ apartment. He was tried, convicted, and then sentenced to death in December 1994. The juries decision was unanimous.
Following his death sentence, Jose was also charged and convicted of second-degree murder of Marie Debas, robbery with a deadly weapon, and burglary with assault for a crime that occurred on October 19, 1990. For that crime he was sentenced to a total of 49 years in prison.
Please pray for peace for the family of Phyllis Minas and Marie Debas. Please pray for strength for the family of Jose Jimenez. Please pray that if Jose is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed or should be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Jose may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.
July 22, 2018
Joseph Christopher Garcia was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. His execution has been rescheduled. Forty-six-year-old Joseph was sentenced to death of the murder of 29-year-old Police Officer Aubrey Hawkins on December 24, 2000, in Irving, Texas. Joseph has spent the last 15 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Joseph graduated from high school and worked as a maintenance worker at the San Antonio airport. He had previously been arrested for numerous misdemeanors. In 1996, Joseph went out drinking with his friend 19-year-old Miguel Luna. On the way home from the bar, Miguel gave Joseph incorrect directions, leading to an argument and a physical fight. Joseph stabbed Miguel 19 times, killing him.
Joseph received 50-year prison sentence for the murder of Miguel. In December of 2000, Joseph was serving his time at the John B. Connally Unit, a maximum security state prison near Kenedy, Texas. Joseph conspired with six other inmates - 38-year-old Donald Newbury, 23-year-old Randy Ethan Halprin, 37-year-old Larry James Harper, 39-year-old Patrick Henry Murphy, Jr., 30-year-old George Rivas, and 38-year-old Michael Anthony Rodriguez - to break out of the prison. The group, lead by George Rivas, became known as the “Texas 7.” All were serving sentences of 30 years or longer, most with potential life sentences.
On December 13, 2000, around 11:20 am, the seven inmates used a variety of ploys to overpower and restrain nine civilian maintenance supervisors, four correctional officers, and three uninvolved inmates. They had planned the escape during the slowest part of the day and in areas with low surveillance. They stole a white prison truck to assist in their escape, eventually dumping it in a Wal-Mart parking lot.