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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.

March 17, 2015

 

Cecil Clayton was executed and pronounced dead at 9:21 pm CDT, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Cecil was 74 years of age.  He was convicted of murdering Barry County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Castetter, on November 27, 1996, in Jasper County, Missouri.  He spent the last 16 years of his life on Missouri’s death row.

 

Cecil had previously been arrested for assault and served time.  During his time in jail, Cecil alleges that he converted to Christianity.  His devotion continued after his release, as he stopped drinking, began attending church, singing and speaking in church, and becoming a part-time pastor and traveling evangelist with his wife and children.  In 1972, Cecil was involved in a sawmill accident, which resulted in a piece of wood being embedded in skull.  Cecil could no longer work in lumber but attempted to find employment, including a brief stint as a police officer.  At the time of his arrest, he was wearing social security disability and performing various odd jobs.  He had also stopped traveling and preaching, and began drinking again, divorced his wife, and became hot tempered and violent.

 

Cecil Clayton and Martha Bell had been in a relationship for some time, although by November 27, 1996, their relationship was nearly over.  Martha asked Clayton to meet her at a store and give her some important papers she had left at his home.  While at the store, Clayton and Martha began arguing.  A store employee called the police, who spoke to Clayton and then lingered until he left.

 

Clayton eventually left the store, driving to the home a friend, Martin.  He became angry when Martin would not go on a drive with him.  Clayton then left.

 

Martha originally asked the police to drive her to her mother’s home but later changed her mind and went to stay with a friend.  Martha called her mother, Dixie, and informed her of the situation.  

 

Shortly after Martha called Dixie, Dixie noticed a truck with lights across the top of the cab, in her driveway.  Dixie called Martha and confirmed it was Clayton’s truck.  She then called the Barry County sheriff’s department and informed them that Clayton was on her property and unwelcome.  Deputy Christopher Castetter was dispatched to scene.  He arrived and checked in at 10:03 pm.

 

Two other deputies arrived at the scene to assist at approximately 10:06 pm.  They found Deputy Castetter’s patrol car sitting at an angle against a tree in the driveway.  The engine was still running at a high rate and the tires were spinning and smoking.  Deputy Castetter was leaned over in his seat, with his seatbelt off, weapon snapped in the holster, and window cracked about an inch.  His flashlight was not in its cradle.  He was bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound to the head.  He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

 

Clayton again met up with his friend Martin around 10:15 pm.  He asked Martin, “would you believe me, if I told you that I shot a policeman, would you believe me?”  Clayton described to Martin how he shot the officer, who hit the gas and ran into a tree.  Clayton was arrested later that night, as the description of his truck was recognized by the officer who spoke with him at the store earlier that day.

 

Cecil Clayton was sentenced to death on December 8, 1997.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Christopher Castetter.  Please pray for strength for the family of Cecil.

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