Updated: January 11, 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, January 15, 2018 11:44 am EDT
Anthony Allen Shore's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Fifty-five-year-old Anthony is convicted of murdering 9-year-old Diana Rebollar, 15-year-old Laurie Lee Tremblay, 16-year-old Dana Sanchez, and 21-year-old Maria Del Carmen Estrada, over a period of time from 1986 to 1995, in Harris County, Texas. Anthony has spent the last 13 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Anthony was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. His family moved frequently as a child, which did not allow him to make friends. Around the age of 13, Anthony alleges that his mother began molesting him. A few years later, he began drinking and using marijuana. Around the same time, he also alleges that he had “something” to do with the murder of a homeless man in Florida. Throughout the years, he worked as a wrecker driver, a telephone line installer, and as a general construction worker.
Anthony was married to Gina Worley in 1984, with whom he had two children. The two remained married for several years, before divorcing when Gina discovered he was having extra-marital affairs. Shortly after marring his second wife, 18-year-old Amy Lynch, charges were filed against Anthony, accusing him of molesting his two daughters. Anthony avoided jail by accepting a plea bargain that required him to register as a sex offender and submit a DNA sample to the police. Amy divorced Anthony after he attempted to strangle her. Anthony was arrest for cocaine a few years later.
On April 16, 1992, Maria Del Carmen Estrada was kidnapped, raped, and strangled to death by an unknown assailant. Police recovered DNA evidence from under her fingernails, but were unable to find a match in their database. More than ten years later, on October 24, 2003, as police were re-running DNA evidence from cold cases, they received a match for the DNA found under Maria’s fingernails. Her assailant was identified as Anthony Shore.
Police arrested Shore, who voluntarily confessed to the crime. Shore described in detail, how he offered Maria a ride in his vehicle, used a pair of shears to aid in his attempt to rape her, and ultimately, strangle her. Shore also confessed to strangling three other females - 9-year-old Diana Rebollar, 15-year-old Laurie Lee Tremblay, 16-year-old Dana Sanchez - two of whom he sexually assaulted. He also confessed to sexually assaulting one other unnamed female teenager, whom he did not kill.
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 11:39 am EDT
Vernon Madison is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. Sixty-seven-year-old Vernon is convicted of the murder of Officer Julius Schulte on April 18, 1985, in Mobile, Alabama. Vernon has spent the last 32 years on Alabama’s death row.
On April 18, 1985, Officer Julius Schulte was dispatched to the home of Cheryl Green to investigate the disappearance of Cheryl’s 11-year-old daughter. Schulte was not in uniform or in a marked car, however, he was wearing a badge that identified him as a member of the Mobile Police Department. Upon his arrival, Cheryl’s daughter had already returned, however, neighbors has the police officer to stay until Cheryl’s ex-boyfriend, Vernon Madison left, as the two were having a domestic dispute.
Cheryl and Madison had broken up a few days before and he had returned to Cheryl’s home in order to retrieve some of his belongings. Madison was angry, believing that Cheryl had called the police on him. When Officer Schulte arrived, both Cheryl and Madison approached him in his vehicle and spoke with him. Madison left the building a short time later. Madison walked a block away to where a former girlfriend was waiting in her car.
Madison retrieved a pistol from the car and returned to the apartment building. He walked up behind Officer Schulte, who was still in his vehicle and shot him twice in the head at point-blank range. Officer Schulte died later that day. He then shot twice at Cheryl before fleeing the scene. She survived her injuries. He later admitted to an acquaintance that he had “just killed a cop.”
Madison was arrested the following day. He was convicted and sentenced to death in November of 1985. He had his sentence twice overturned and each time he was re-sentenced to death.
Madison was previously scheduled to be executed in 2016, however, his execution was stayed due to concerns over his competency. According to his attorneys, Madison has suffered multiple strokes while in prison and is unable to understand why he is being executed.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Julius Schulte. Please pray for strength for the family of Vernon Madison. Please pray that if Vernon is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided before his execution. Please pray that Vernon may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 11:35 am EST
William Earl Rayford is scheduled to be executed 6 pm CST, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Sixty-four-year-old William is convicted of the murder of 44-year-old Carol Hall on November 16, 1999, in Dallas, Texas. William has spent the last 17 years of his life on death row in Texas.
William attended high school through the 12 grade. He worked as a laborer prior to his arrest. He had previously been arrested and served eight years of a 23 year sentence for the murder of his estranged wife in 1996.
In 1996, William Rayford moved in with Carol Hall and her two young sons. During the summer of 1999, Carol asked Rayford to move out. Carol eventually sought the help of her uncle to ultimately remove Rayford from the home. One of Carol’s sons testified that he was afraid of Rayford.
On November 16, 1999, at approximately 6:30 am, Rayford entered the home with a key, prompting and argument between him and Carol. The argument escalated, causing Carol to call for her children. When the youngest came downstairs, Rayford stabbed him in the back. Carol fled down the house attempting to reach another house. Rayford caught her before she could reach help. Rayford slung Carol over his shoulder and carried her towards a nearby creek. The son who had been stabbed was able to escape to a neighbor’s house and call the police. He survived his injuries.
A bus driver parked nearby observed a man and women exit a house, running. When the man caught the woman, he beat her in the head until she became “lifeless.” The man then dragged the woman behind a house where the bus driver could no longer see them.
When police arrived on the scene, they began searching for Rayford and Carol. Approximately one hour after they arrived, Rayford appeared in the yard, wet, cold, and complaining of knee injury. He was also covered in blood and grass. Police arrested him and took him to a hospital for treatment.
Police found Carol’s body a short time later, stuffed inside a pipe. An autopsy discovered that he had been severely beaten on her face. She had also been strangled and had numerous other injuries, including cuts and an injury caused by a sharp object. DNA evidence showed that Carol’s blood was on Rayford’s clothing and skin when he was arrested.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Carol Hall. Please pray for strength for the family of William Rayford. Please pray that if William is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Please pray that William may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 11:48 am EST
John David Battaglia is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Sixty-two-year-old John is convicted of murdering his two daughters nine-year-old Faith and 6-year-old Liberty, on May 2, 2001, in Dallas, Texas. John has spent the last 15 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
John had graduated from high school and worked as an accountant prior to his arrest. During his twenties, John was diagnosed as bipolar. John was married for two years to Michelle Gheddi, with whom he had one daughter. He was verbally and physically abusive towards Michelle, once striking her while she was holding their daughter, causing Michelle to drop her. After their separation, John continued to stalk and harass Michelle at her home and work.
John Battaglia and Mary Jean Pearl were married in 1991. They divorced nine years later. During their time together, Battaglia and Mary had two daughters together: Mary Faith, born in January 1992, and Liberty, born in January 1995. Throughout the marriage, Mary, like Michelle, alleged that Battaglia was verbally abusive towards her. She divorced him after he began physically assaulting her. She filed assault charges against him, and Battaglia was placed on probation, which meant he could not own a firearm. She also filed for, and was granted, a protective order.
Around Easter in 2001, Battaglia called and left a telephone message for Mary. During the message, he swore at her and called her names. When Mary reported this contact to Battaglia’s probation officer, Battaglia learned that he was being considered for probation revocation.
On May 2, 2001, Battaglia learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. A police officer informed him that he could make arrangements to peacefully turn himself in and that he would not be arrested in front of his children. Battaglia had plans to have dinner with his daughters that evening. Mary dropped off the children and went to a friend’s house, where she was informed that her daughters had called.