Update: Thursday, March 31, 2016  6:22 pm EDT

 

Georgia has executed Joshua Daniel Bishop.  Read more about the case here.

 

Update: Thursday, March 31, 2016  6:22 pm EDT

 

The Georgia Supreme Court has declined to stay the execution of Joshua Bishop.  Joshua has also appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Update: Thursday, March 31, 2016  11:39 am EDT

 

The Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles has rejected a request by Joshua Daniel Bishop to stay his execution and commute his sentence to life in prison.  Joshua argued, as one of the reasons to commute his sentence, that he had found faith in God.  Joshua has also appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court in an attempt to halts execution.  They have not yet ruled.

 

Update: Monday, March 28, 2016  12:10 pm EDT

 

Joshua Daniel Bishop's execution is scheduled to occur at 7 pm EDT, on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.  Forty-year-old Joshua is convicted of the murder of 44-year-old Leverett Lewis Morrison on June 9, 1994, in Baldwin County, Georgia.  Joshua has spent the last 20 years of his life on Georgia’s death row.

 

Joshua had a difficult childhood, never knowing exactly who his father was.  His mother was an occasional prostitute, who taught Joshua that a man used violence to show his love.  Joshua was addicted to drugs and alcohol from childhood.  On the night of the murder, Joshua had been drinking.  Joshua also argued that when he confessed, he was high on cocaine and had been drinking.

 

On June 9, 1994, Leverett Morrison drove Joshua Bishop and Mark Braxley to a local bar.  They all left the bar together around 11:00 pm, and went to Braxley’s trailer.  Bishop and Braxley had decided to steal Leverett’s car while they were at the bar.  While Leverett was sleeping, Bishop reached into Leverett’s pocket to retrieve the keys.  Bishop’s actions caused Leverett to awaken, at which point Bishop began to beat Leverett with a blunt object.  When Leverett was no longer conscious, Bishop took the keys.

 

Bishop and Braxley eventually realized that Leverett was dead.  They wrapped his body and placed it in the car.  They drove to a dumpster, where they left the body, before driving the car into the woods and setting in on fire.  They then returned to Braxley’s trailer and tried to dispose of the evidence of their crime.  Leverett’s body was discovered several hours after it was left at the dumpster.

 

Bishop and Braxley were eventually arrested and both confessed to the crime.  Bishop also confessed to his involvement in the murder of Ricky Lee Wills, which occurred approximately two weeks before the murder of Leverett.  Bishop told police that they could find Ricky’s body buried near Braxley’s trailer.  Bishop and Braxley were both indicted for Ricky’s murder.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Leverett Morrison and Ricky Willis.  Please pray for strength for the family of Joshua Bishop.  Please pray that if Joshua is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution.  Please pray that Joshua will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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