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No men and women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Paris, France
At least two firefighters and a civilian were killed in a gas explosion at a bakery in Paris, France. Dozens of others were injured in the explosion, with at least 10 in serious condition. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
15 Killed in Iran
At least 15 individuals have been killed after a Boeing 707 came off a runway and went through a nearby house in Tehran, Iran. All killed were Iranian citizens. Only one crew member survived the accident. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
Polish Mayor Pawel Adamowicz Killed
Fifty-three-year-old Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk, Poland, has died after he was stabbed on stage at a charity event. A suspect has been arrested. The motive for the murder appears to be political. Please pray for Pawel’s family. Please pray for peace.
Protests in Zimbabwe
Portests have broken out in two major cities in Zimbabwe over a steep increase in fuel prices, which have more than doubled. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has claimed that the increase was necessary. Please pray for a peaceful resolution and for understanding.
7 Killed in Cuba
At least 7 tourists have been killed between Baracoa and Guantanamo, Cuba, after the bus they were traveling on crashed. There were 40 individuals on the bus, including 22 foreigners. The driver blamed the crash on wet roads. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Partial United States Government Shutdown
Approximately 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed, or working without pay, since December 22, 2018, when a partial government shutdown began after politicians were unable to agree upon a budget. Please pray for wisdom for all politicians. Please pray for all those affected.
3 Killed Near Lech, Austria
Three skiers have been killed near the Austrian Ski resort of Lech am Arlberg after an avalanche. A fourth person is missing, with search efforts hindered by the ongoing risk of an additional avalanche. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing skier. Please pray for the safety of search teams.
6 Yemeni Soldiers Killed by Drone
Six Yemeni soldiers have reportedly been killed, after a drone from the rebel Houthi movement exploded near them while they were watching a parade. The country has been in a civil war for several years. Recently the United Nations has attempted to reach a peace between the two sides. Some fear this action could hinder that effort. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
15 Indian Miners Remain Trapped
Fifteen Indian miners, working in an illegal mine remain trapped and missing as divers struggle to find a way to locate them. There are no maps of the illegal mine and no sign of the miners have been discovered, except three helmets found early on. Please pray for the safety of the missing men and for their families. Please pray for wisdom and safety for the rescue workers.

Justin Michael Wolfe was just 21 years of age, when he was sent to death row in Virginia for arranging the murder of fellow drug dealer, 21-year-old Daniel Robert Petrole.  After years of appeals, claims of innocence, confessions of guilt, recantations of testimonies, recantations of the recantations, and allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, Justin was granted a new trial.  Justin has now been sentenced to 41 years in prison, but will serves just 26, with 15 credited for time already served.

 

On March 15, 2001, Daniel “Danny” Petrole, the leader of a high grade marijuana drug ring, was murdered in Fairfax, Virginia.  Justin, a drug dealer who worked for Danny and owed him over $60,000, left town two days later, ostensibly to avoid questions about the drug ring the police uncovered with Danny’s death.  Police claim he left town to avoid murder charges.  Justin eventually turned himself into the police, in the hopes of convincing them he had nothing to do with the murder.

 

Police also arrested a third drug dealer, and a former Chantilly High School student with Justin, Owen Merton Barber IV.  Owen confessed to the murder, saying he killed Danny on Justin’s orders.  Owen agreed to testify against Justin.  In exchange, Owen would not receive the death penalty.  Owen received a lengthy prison sentence, while Justin continued to proclaim that he had nothing to do with Danny’s murder.

 

In December of 2005, Justin’s claims of innocence seemed to gain traction; Owen recanted his testimony.  In a 13-page affidavit, Owen claims that Justin had no part in Danny’s murder.  Four month’s later, Owen recanted his recantation, sending a letter to the defense team, claiming that Justin ordered Danny’s murder.  He repeated this claim several times over the next few years.  However, in 2010, Owen testified in federal court that Justin had nothing to do with Danny’s murder.  He also claims that he felt forced to testify against Justin or the prosecutor were going to sentence him to death.

 

Also in 2010, Justin’s lawyers argued that evidence had been withheld by the prosecution prior to his original trial.  The US Eastern District Court granted a new evidentiary hearing, which led to US District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson vacating Justin’s death sentence.  The state appealed that decision.  After losing the appeal, the state chose to retry Justin.  After numerous delays and appeals, Justin accepted a plea deal that would prevent him from once again being sentenced to death.  As part of the deal, Justin pled guilty and, in a handwritten confession, admitted to conspiring with Owen to murder Danny.  He was then sentenced to 41 years in prison, but will only serve 26 years, with 15 years credited for time already served.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of the Danny.  Please pray for strength for Justin and his family.  

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