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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.

December 9, 2015

 

Brian Keith Terrell was executed by the state of Georgia on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.  He was executed at 12:52 am EDT, inside the execution chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.  Brian was 47 years of age.  He was executed for the murder of 70-year-old John Henry Watson on June 22, 1992, in Newton County, Georgia.  Brian spent the last 20 years of his life on Georgia’s death row.

  

His execution was delayed due to appeals.  After all appeals were rejected, the nurse had difficulty locating a vein in Brian’s arm which could be used.  Eventually, the needle was placed in his hand.  Brian declined to say any final words, although he mouthed “I didn’t do it” before he was executed.

 

While Brian was serving a prison sentence for robbery, Brian’s mother Barbara, assisted John Watson with meals and running errands, as John was suffering from severe health problems, including needing dialysis three times a week.  During the two years she assisted him, Barbara received no compensation for her work, although John told her that she would be included in his will.

 

Brian Terrell was released from prison on parole, on May 1, 1992.  On June 20, 1992, John contacted the sheriff’s office.  He had been notified of ten canceled checks which had been stolen and forged, to the total of $8,700.  Several of the checks were written out to Terrell.  Due to John’s relationship with Barbara, he asked police to wait before arresting Terrell, as he was willing to forgo pressing charges if Terrell would return most of the money by June 22.  Terrell initially agreed to repay the money, but later confessed that he had already spent the money.

 

On June 21, 1992, Terrell and his cousin Jermaine Johnson checked into a motel near the home of John.  Around 6:30 am, on June 22, Terrell had Johnson drop him off near John’s house, with instructions to pick him up around 9:00 am.  Johnson returned to the hotel, where he slept for a few hours.

 

Terrell waited for John to exit his home before shooting him four times.  John was then dragged into the brush and severely beaten in the face and head.  Both the beating and the gunshots would have been fatal on their own.  Additionally, all injures were inflicted while John was still alive.

 

Johnson picked up Terrell around 9:30 am.  Terrell told Johnson that he had killed a man.  Terrell bought new clothes at a department store, showered at his grandmother’s house, and later took his son to the zoo.

 

Terrell was arrested later that day and questioned about the murder.  Terrell admitted to the forgeries but denied being part of the murder.  He told police that he and Johnson were in the hotel with a woman all night.  When Terrell gave a contradiction in his story, he stopped answering questions.

 

Terrell was convicted and sentenced to death on February 7, 1995, for the murder of John Watson.  He was also convicted on ten counts of first-degree forgery and received ten consecutive ten-year sentences.

 

Brian had previously been scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, however his execution was postponed, following the postponement of the execution of Kelly Gissendaner, who had been scheduled to be executed on March 2, 2015.  In the hours prior to Kelly’s execution, the execution drugs became noticeable cloudy, after having been tested for potency.  Although the tests showed that the drugs would be successful in the execution, Kelly's execution was postponed "in an abundance of caution."  Brian's execution was also postponed in order to allow a complete analysis of the drugs.  Once the state investigated the matter, determining that the drugs had been stored at too low a temperature, executions were allowed to resume, with Kelly being executed Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of John.  Please pray for strength for the family of Brian Terrell.  

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