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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

May 4, 2018

 

Robert Earl Butts, Jr., was executed by the state of Georgia on Friday, May 4, 2018.  He was pronounced dead at 9:58 pm EDT, inside the execution chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.  He was 40 years of age.  Robert was convicted of the murder of Donovan Corey Parks on March 28, 1996, in Milledgeville, Georgia.  Robert spent the last 19 years of his life on Georgia’s death row.

 

Robert’s execution was scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2018, however, he was granted a stay of execution on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.  The execution was stayed to allow the board additionally time to consider Robert’s appeal that his death sentence should be commuted due to a former witness recanting their testimony.  The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles lifted their temporary stay of execution the day after it was issued.  Following that, the Georgia Department of Corrections announced that the execution was rescheduled for Friday, which is within the time frame stated on the execution warrant.  Robert’s execution was further delayed on May 4, 2018, due to last minute appeals to the Supreme Court of the United States.  These appeals were ultimately denied, allowing the execution to proceed.

 

Robert had a difficult and neglected childhood.  His mother was addicted to alcohol and cocaine and his father suffered from a mental illness.  At the time of his arrest, Robert was a member of a gang.  Robert had held multiple jobs prior to his arrest, however, he was frequently fired due to his inability to get along with others.  In at least one job, Robert engaged in a fist fight with a customer.

 

On March 28, 1996, Robert Butts and Marion Wilson, Jr., took Butts’ vehicle to Wal-Mart, where they began searching for a victim.  Butts and Wilson were observed entering the store and getting in a check-out line behind a man later identified as Donovan Corey Parks, a prison guard.  Butts only purchased a pack of chewing gum.  

 

Butts was observed asking Donovan if he could give Butts and Wilson a ride.  Donovan agreed, moving items in his vehicle to make room for the two men.  A short while later, according a witness who heard Butts confess to the crime, Butts pulled a shotgun on Donovan and ordered him to stop.  Wilson dragged Donovan out of the vehicle, tied him up, and ordered him to lie facedown on the pavement.  Butts fired a fatal shot into the back of Donovan’s head.  Nearby witnesses who heard the shot, thought it was a vehicle backfiring.

 

Butts and Wilson took Donovan’s vehicle to service station in Gray, Georgia, where they were caught on security camera refueling the vehicle.  The duo then drove to Atlanta, Georgia and attempted to sell the vehicle to a “chop shop.”  When that was unsuccessful, they purchased two cans of gasoline, drove to a remote location and set the vehicle on fire.  Then they walked to a payphone, and called Butts’ uncle to come pick them up and take them to retrieve Butts’ abandoned vehicle.

 

During Butts’ trial, two of his former jail mates testified that Butts had confessed to being the triggerman in the murder.  He was found guilty and sentenced to defat for malice murder, armed robbery, hijacking a mother vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a sawed-off shotgun on November 21, 1998.  In a separate trial, Wilson was also sentenced to death.

 

Please pray for peace for the family of Donovan Parks.  Please pray for healing for the family of Robert Butts.

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