Updated: September 17, 2018
Please pray for these men and women. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and that the innocent shall be revealed before they are executed. "The Lord is slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).
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Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 10:49 am EDT
Troy James Clark is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Fifty-one-year-old Troy is convicted of the murder of 20-year-old Christine Muse on May 19, 1998, in Tyler, Texas. Troy has spent the last 18 years on death row in Texas.
Troy had a difficult childhood and a history of alcoholism in the family. He dropped out of school after 6th grade. At home, he was frequently left unsupervised and suffered from abuse. His brother committed suicide while Troy was still living at home. Troy had twice served time for possession of a controlled substance. He was on parole at the time of the murder.
Troy Clark and Tory Bush lived together in Tyler, Texas, using and selling methamphetamine. For a brief time, Christine Muse also lived with the couple. Clark became concerned after she moved out that she would go to the police with information about their drug dealing.
On May 19, 1998, Christine made a social visit to the couple. Clark shot her with a stun gun and used duct tape to bind her hands and legs, and cover her mouth. He placed her in a hall closet for several hours. He then took her into the bathroom, beat her with a board, and, with the help of Bush, drowned Christine in the bathtub. Clark placed her body in a barrel and filled it with water, lime, and cement mix, which Bush had purchased. Bush, at Clark’s direction, then placed trash on top of the barrel, which was then left on the property of their landlord who lived outside of town.
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 10:48 am EDT
Daniel Clate Acker is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Daniel is convicted of murdering 32-year-old Marquetta George on March 12, 2000, in Hopkins County, Texas. Daniel has spent the last 17 years on death row in Texas.
Daniel was born in Hunt County, Texas. He had previously been arrested and served time for burglary. Prior to his arrest for murder, Daniel worked as a plumber’s helper, and electricians’ helper, and a general laborer.
Daniel Acker and Marquette George had been dating a short while when they decided to rent a trailer home together in February 2000. On March 11, 2000, the couple went to a nightclub called “Bustin’ Loose,” where they had an argument. Witnesses testified that they heard Acker threaten to kill Marquette. Acker was kicked out of the club, but returned several times looking for Marquette.
Acker’s sister picked him up from the club’s parking lot and drove him to his truck, threatening to hurt Marquette if he found her with another man. Acker continued looking for Marquette the rest of the night. Unable to find her, Acker told his sister on the morning of March 12, that when he found Marquette and the guy he believed her to be with, he was going to beat them. Acker also threatened to kill Marquette in front of her mother.
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 10:46 am EDT
Juan Ramon Meza Segundo is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Fifty-five-year-old Juan is convicted of raping and murdering 11-year-old Vanessa Villa on August 3, 1986, in Fort Worth, Texas. Juan has spent the last 11 years on Texas’ death row.
Juan was born in Los Angeles, California. Juan had a difficult childhood, often not having enough food. His father was physically abusive, eventually causing the family to move to El Paso, Texas. Juan also spent some time in an orphanage, before being returned to his mother, who remarried. His step-father was also physically abusive. He dropped out of school after the 7th grade. Prior to his arrest, he worked as a landscaper and general laborer. In 1988, Juan was given a 10-year prison sentence for burglary of a habitation. He was released on parole after serving just one year. While on parole, Juan was convicted of driving while intoxicated, adding five more years to his sentence.
Vanessa Villa lived in Fort Worth, Texas with her mother, Rosa Clark; her brother Enrique; and her aunt, Alicia Avila; and her aunt’s three children. On Saturday, August 2, 1986, Vanessa returned home in the evening after working at a flea market. Tired, she went to bed immediately, full clothed. Later that night, her mother and aunt left to run some errands. When they returned, Rosa went to check on Vanessa.
Rosa quickly yelled for Alicia. Vanessa was unconscious on the bed. She was bare from the waist down and her top had been pushed up. Her legs were slightly apart, with fluid on her legs. The window fan in the room had been pushed inside and the window screen was loosely hanging. They called the police and Vanessa was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. The cause of death was strangulation.
Police were able to collect DNA evidence and it was used to rule out several possible suspects. Vanessa’s rape and murder eventually became a “cold case.”
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 10:58 am EDT
Edmund “Ed” George Zagorski is scheduled to be executed at 10 pm CST, on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at the Riverbed Maximum Security Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. Sixty-three-year-old Ed is convicted of murdering John Dale Dotson and Jimmy Porter on April 23, 1983, in Robertson County, Tennessee. Ed has spent the past 34 years on Tennessee’s death row.
Ed was born in Michigan and grew up in a very poor family. Ed never completed high school and had a learning disability. He had trained to become a boat captain.
Ed Zagorski first met John Dotson at a trout farm in Bucksnort, Tennessee on April 5, 1983. Zagorski claimed to be a mercenary from Central America. Zagorski agreed to supply John with a large marijuana purchase, 100 pounds for $23,000. Zagorski told John that the marijuana would be dropped by airplane on April 21, 1983.
Zagorski informed John when the marijuana had arrived and the two arranged to meet at Spot, Tennessee, on April 23, 1983, around 6 pm. John and his friend Jimmy Porter met at a tavern with the money before going to meet Zagorski. The tavern operator saw the money in the bag, along with a pistol. They left in Jimmy’s red truck and were never seen alive again.