Did You Know?

Eighteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2017.

Scheduled Executions

Updated: September 13, 2017

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).

 

Due to ongoing legal challenges, Ohio has rescheduled multiple executions, multiple times.  Beginning with 2018, this list contains only current Ohio executions.  Click here for more information about Ohio's legal challenges.

September 2017

  • 7 - Juan Castillo, Texas - Rescheduled from May 24, 2017; Rescheduled to December 14, 2017
  • 13 - Gary Otte, Ohio - Rescheduled from June 13, 2017; Executed
  • 26 - Keith Tharpe, Georgia

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Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017  11:31 am EDT

 

Keith Leroy Tharpe is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EDT, on Thursday, September 26, 2017, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Fifty-nine-year-old Keith is convicted of the murder of 29-year-old Jacqueline Freeman on September 25, 1990, in Jones County, Georgia. Keith has spent the last 26 years on Georgia's death row.

 

On August 28, 1990, Keith Tharpe’s wife left him and moved in with her mother.  Tharpe was ordered by the courts to cease all contact with his wife and her family after he harassed them and made several threats of violence against them.  Tharpe disregarded the order and called his wife on September 24, 1990, telling her that if she wanted to “play dirty,” he would show her “what dirty was.”

 

The following morning, on September 25, 1990, Tharpe’s wife and former sister-in-law, Jacqueline Freeman, were forced to stop their vehicle while driving to work.  Tharpe had used his vehicle to block them, which forced them to stop.  After they stopped, Tharpe exited his vehicle, armed with a shotgun.  Tharpe ordered the two women out of their vehicle, telling Jacqueline that he was going to “[expletive deleted] you up.”  

 

Tharpe took Jacqueline to the back of his vehicle and shot her.  He then rolled her into ditch where he shot her twice more, ultimately killing her.  Tharpe then drove away with his wife.  When he was unable to rent a motel room, he parked his vehicle on the side of the road and raped her.  She was able to call the police when she was supposed to be obtaining cash from her credit union.  Tharpe was arrested later that day.  He was sentenced to death on January 18, 1991.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Jacqueline Freeman and all who have been affected by Keith Tharpe’s actions.  Please pray for strength for the family of Keith.  Please pray that if Keith is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Keith may come to find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017 11:32 am EDT

 

Michael Ray Lambrix, a/k/a Cary Michael, is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm EDT, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida.  Fifty-seven-year-old Michael is convicted of the murder 35-year-old Clarence Edward Moore (a/k/a Lawrence Lamberson) and 19-year-old Aleisha Dawn Bryant on February 6, 1983, in Glades County, Florida.  Michael has spent the last 33 years on Florida’s death row.

 

Michael had previously served time for check fraud.  At the time of the murders, a warrant was out for Michael’s arrest, as he had walked away from a state halfway house.

 

On the evening of February 5, 1983, Michael Lambrix and his roommate, Frances Smith, went out to a local tavern, where they met Clarence Moore and Aleisha Bryant.  Lambrix and Smith invited Clarence and Aleisha back to their trailer to eat.

 

At some point, Lambrix invited Clarence to go outside with him.  Approximately 20 minutes later, he asked Aleisha to also come outside.  Approximately 45 minutes after that, Lambrix returned to the trailer, alone.  He was wearing a bloody shirt and holding a tire iron.  Lambrix told Smith that he had killed Clarence by hitting him with the tire iron and Aleisha by strangulation.

 

Smith helped Lambrix clean up and bury the bodies.  Lambrix also threw his bloody shirt and the tire iron into a nearby stream.

 

On February 8, 1983, Smith was arrested on an unrelated charge.  While in custody, she informed police about the buried bodies.  Police investigated and found the bodies, along with the bloody shirt and tire iron.

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Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017 11:30 am EDT

 

Jeffrey Lynn Borden is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.  Fifty-seven-year-old Jeffrey is convicted of the murder of Cheryl Borden and Roland Harris on December 24, 1993, in Gardendale, Alabama.  Jeffery has spent the last 22 years of his life on Alabama’s death row.

 

Jeffrey had no previous criminal history.

 

On Christmas Eve 1993, Roland and Juanita Harris were hosting a family gathering at their home in Gardendale, Alabama.  Cheryl Borden was to attend, along with the three children she had with her husband Jeffrey Borden, although they were legally separated by that time.  Around 6:45 pm, Jeffrey arrived at the home with his and Cheryl’s three children.  Roland began helping him carry in presents and bags from the vehicle.

 

Cheryl arrived at the house a short time later.  She also began helping carry items into the house.  Jeffrey then took out .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol and shot Cheryl in the back of the head.  Roland, who was also outside, began running for the house, yelling for someone to call the police.  Jeffrey chased Roland and shot at him several times, including after he ran into the house.  Jeffrey kept shooting, shattering the glass on the storm door.  After entering the house, Roland collapsed; he had been shot in the back.

 

The children and several other families members took cover, with the children yelling that their father had killed their mother.  Both Cheryl and Roland were taken to a local hospital, where they died later that evening.  Jeffrey was arrested and charged with murder.  The murder weapon was recovered from the scene of the crime.

 

Please pray for peace the families of Roland Harris and Cheryl Borden.  Please pray for strength for the family of Jeffrey Borden.  Please pray that if Jeffrey is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Jeffrey may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017  11:32 am EDT

 

Robert Lynn Pruett is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Thirty-seven-year-old Robert was convicted of killing 37-year-old correctional officer Daniel Nagle, on December 17, 1999, while Robert was serving a life sentence at the McConnell Unit in Beeville, Texas.  Robert has spent the last 16 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Robert grew up poor, often going hungry.  He and his family frequently moved while he was a child.  Robert was friends with gang members and frequently used drugs and alcohol while growing up.  His mother worked hard and his father was gone during the early years of his life.  Eventually they got back together.  As a teenager, Robert and his friends began stealing from people's houses.  During one of these robberies, when Robert was 15, he and his friends were caught by a neighbor.  They fled the house and attempted to hide their stolen goods, including rifles.  Robert was caught and sent to a juvenile detention center.  Robert returned home on a very strict parole and warned to not get in any more trouble.  

 

Upon returning home, Robert was informed by his friends that his neighbor, Ray Yarborough, had taken one of the guns he and his friends had stolen.  Robert, who did not like Ray, asked for the weapon back.  Ray denied having the weapon.  The two argued but did not resolve the problem.  Robert informed his brother and father about the argument.  They all agreed to do nothing so as to not stir up trouble.  

 

On August 9, 1995, just a few weeks shy of Robert's 16th birthday, Ray, who lived in a trailer across from Robert, came home drunk.  His dog had escaped and, while attempting to catch it, he yelled obscenities and threatened to beat it.  Robert, who was unaware of the escaped dog, thought Ray was yelling at him.  Robert awakened his father and brother and all three went outside to confront Ray.  Robert, the first one outside, attacked Ray.  Robert's brother came outside next and began fighting with Ray.  The two of them ended up in some trees, where Robert's father went after them.  Robert claims he stayed with the group who had gathered.  Robert's father and brother emerged from the woods with blood on their clothing.  The three fled.  They were later arrested and all were charged with Ray's murder.  Robert's father eventually confessed to stabbing Ray and killing him.  He testified that although his boys were with him during the murder, they did not partake.  He received a life sentence.  Robert's brother, who was 25 at the time of the murder, received a 40 year sentence.  Robert, who was tried as an adult, received a 99 year sentence.  

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