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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

January 27, 2015

 

Warren Lee Hill was executed at 7:55 pm EST, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.  Warren was convicted of murdering his cellmate, Joseph Handspike, on August 17, 1990, at the Lee Correction Institute in Leesburg, Georgia.  Warren spent the last 28 years of his life in prison, with the last 23 years being on Georgia’s death row.

 

During his trial, Warren was described by his family as being the “leader of the family.”  From a young age, Warren took care of the family by providing food, clothing, and parental guidance to the younger children.  High-school friends described Warren as “bright,” “sharp,” “mature,” and “level-headed.”  Following his high school graduation, Warren joined the navy rising to the rank of Seaman Second Class.  

 

On May 30, 1985, the then 26-year-old Warren murdered his 18-year-old girlfriend Myra Wright, by shooting her 11 times.  Warren convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in prison.  While in prison, Warren was tested and classified as having average intelligence or better, which allowed him to be transferred to Lee Correction Institute in 1989.  While at Lee Correction Institute, Warren received “skilled and semiskilled training and an average degree of work and responsibility.”

 

Warren Hill was assigned Joseph Handspike as his cellmate at Lee Correction Institute.  Both men were incarcerated for murder.  On August 17, 1990, Hill attacked Handspike with a “2x6 board that had been trimmed down to a leg.”  The board had been a support for a sink in the bathroom in the wing where Hill was located.  According to eyewitness testimony, there were nails protruding from the end of the board and Hill looked like he was “chopping wood with an axe.”

 

Around 5:10 am, a guard heard noises and went to investigate.  The guard saw Hill brutally attacking Handspike and immediately called for back up.  Once it arrived, they entered the cell and demanded that Hill surrender his weapon.  The injuries to Handspike were fatal.  Handspike and lost several teeth and his left eye was detached from the socket.  His upper body and face were badly beaten and blood was pouring from his mouth.  Attempts were made to save his life, but they were unsuccessful and Handspike died approximately one hour after being transported to a hospital.

 

Hill was convicted by a jury on July 21, 1991, and sentenced to death on August 2, 1991.  During Hill’s trial evidence was presented that showed Hill having a below average intelligence, opposite of how he had tested a few years earlier.  Evidence was also presented which showed organic brain damage.  Clinical psychologist, Dr. William Dickinson testified that Hill was mentally competent to stand trial for murder and they he knew the difference between right and wrong.  Hill also had a history of violent assaults inside and outside of prison.

 

An execution date for Hill always sparks intense debate.  There are many who believe Hill lacks the mental competency required for execution.  The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that no one can be executed who is mentally incompetent, however, it is up to each individual state to set the standards for mentally competency.  The legal definition and medical definition for mentally competency are different.  According to the legal definition, an inmate is mentally competent so long as they understand why they are being executed.  Georgia has the toughest standards, requiring the defense to prove “beyond a responsible doubt” that the inmate is mentally incompetent.

 

Warren Hill has had several previous execution dates.  Several of those dates were stayed due to questions over his competency.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Myra Wright and Joseph Handspike.  Please pray for strength for the family of Warren. 

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