Clemency Denied Ahead of GeorgiaExecution of Donnie Lance on January 29, 2020

Donnie Lance, Georgia


Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a clemency request from Donnie Lance.  The board, which is the only authority in Georgia that can grant clemency, did not give a reason for its decision, only saying that it had reviewed the facts and circumstances of the case.  This included the clemency application and testimony it heard during a closed door session.  Donnie has insisted that he is innocent of murdering his ex-wife and her new boyfriend.

Updated: Monday, January 27, 2020

Donnie Cleveland Lance is scheduled to be executed a 7pm local time on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Sixty-five-year-old Donnie is convicted of murdering his 39-year-old ex-wife Joy Lance and her new boyfriend 33-year-old Dwight “Butch” Wood, on November 9, 1997, at Butch’s home in Jackson County, Georgia. Donnie has been on death row in Georgia for the last 20 years.


Texas Gives Abel Ochoa Execution Date of February 6, 2020

Abel Ochoa, Texas


Updated: Monday, January 27, 2020

Abel Revill Ochoa is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm local time, on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at the Walls Unit of the Hunstville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-seven-year-old Abel is convicted of murdering his wife, 29-year-old Cecelia; their daughter 7-year-old Crystal, in a shooting spree that also killed their 9-month-old daughter, Anahi; Abel’s 56-year-old father-in-law Bartolo Alivizo; and his 20-year-old sister-in-law Jacqueline Saleh. The murders occurred on August 4, 2002, in Dallas Texas. Abel has been on death row in Texas for the past 16 years.


Ohio Execution Date of Melvin Bonnell Rescheduled from February 12, 2020, to March 18, 2021

Melvin Bonnell, Ohio


Updated: Monday, January 27, 2020

Melvin D. Bonnell was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Mansfield, Ohio. His execution has been rescheduled to March 18, 2021. Sixty-two-year-old Melvin is convicted of murdering 23-year-old Robert Bunner in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 28, 1986. Melvin has spent the last 31 years on Ohio’s death row.


Tennessee Gives Nicholas Sutton New Execution Date of February 20, 2020

Nicholas Sutton, Tennessee

Update: Monday, January 27, 2020

Nicholas Todd Sutton is scheduled to be executed at 7:10 pm local time, on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. Fifty-eight-year-old Nicholas has been sentenced to death for the murder of fellow inmate Carl Estep on January 15, 1985, at the Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility in Wartburg, Tennessee. Nicholas has spent the last 33 years on Tennessee’s death row.


Scheduled Executions

Updated: Monday, January 20, 2020

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).


*Read more about Ohio's ongoing challenges to carrying out executions here.*

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