Updated: June 21, 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).
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.
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 9:57 am EDT
Clifton Lamar Williams' execution was scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. His execution has been stayed. Thirty-four-year-old Clifton is convicted of murder of 93-year-old Cecilia Schneider, in her home in Tyler, Texas on July 9, 2005. Clifton has spent the last 11 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Clifton's execution was stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals due to claims that Clifton lacks the mental competency to be executed. In 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Texas' standard for determining mental competency is substandard. Texas has since implemented a new standard, however, lawyers for Clifton are arguing that under the new standards, Clifton would be considered mentally incompetency and therefore ineligible to be executed. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ordered a lower court to consider the matter.
Clifton dropped out of high school after the 11th grade. He worked as a laborer prior to his arrested. Clifton did not have a prior criminal record. Clifton was addicted to crack cocaine at the time of the murder.
On July 9, 2005, Clifton Williams broke into the home Cecilia Schneider. When he discovered Cecilia in the home, Williams beat, strangled, and stabbed her to death. Authorities also believe that she had been raped, although they were unable to confirm their suspicions as Williams laid her body on the bed and set it on fire before fleeing the home in Cecilia’s car. Williams also stole Cecilia’s purse.
After his arrest, Williams claimed that an acquaintance, Jamarist “Monterrall” Paxton, forced Williams to accompany him to the home. Paxton then killed Cecilia and forced Williams to cut his hand, leaving DNA evidence at the crime scene. Williams also alleged that Paxton forced Williams to drive Cecilia’s car during their escape. Williams unsuccessfully attempted to argue that he should not be convicted of murder, much less sentenced to death, because there was no DNA evidence at the crime scene, and that Paxton was the one who actually committed the murder.
Williams was previously scheduled to be executed in July 2015, however his execution was halted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in order to examine the claim that incorrect statistical evidence was presented at his trial. That stay was lifted in 2017.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Cecilia Schneider. Please pray for the family of Clifton Williams. Please pray that if Clifton is innocent, lacks the mental 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 Clifton will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 10:01 am EDT
Daniel “Danny” Paul Bible's execution is scheduled for 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Sixty-six-year-old Danny was sentenced to death for the murder and sexual assault of 20-year-old Inez Deaton on May 27, 1989, in Houston, Texas. Danny has spent the last 14 years on Texas’ death row.
Danny graduated from high school and worked in a warehouse, as an electrician, and as a laborer, prior to his arrest.
On May 27, 1989, police discovered the body of Inez Deaton, posed in a field by water in Houston, Texas. She was partial clad and had been stabbed 11 times with an ice pick. The body was identified as Inez, who had disappeared days earlier after going to her neighbor’s house, that of Danny Bible, to use his phone. She was never seen alive again.
After murdering, Inez, Bible fled to Wyoming and got a girlfriend. He was violent towards her, once punching her face so badly that she needed stitches. He also once set her car on fire because he disliked her new haircut. After the relationship ended, Bible moved to Weatherford, Texas, where he secured a job.
In 1983, Bible murdered his sister-in-law, Tracy Powers, her infant son, Justin, and Tracy’s roommate Pam Hudgins. He left Pam’s body hanging from a roadside fence. Bible again fled Texas, this time going to Montana. While in Montana, Bible kidnapped a woman and raped an 11-year-old girl. Bible was arrested in 1984, for the murder of Pam and sentenced to 25 years for murder after pleading guilty. Bible was released on parole just eight years later, in February 1992.
June 17, 2018
Christopher Anthony Young is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-four-year-old Christopher is convicted of the murder of 55-year-old Hasmukhbhai Patel on November 21, 2004, in San Antonio, Texas. Christopher has spent the last 12 years on Texas’ death row.
Christopher dropped out of school after the 9th grade. He worked as a laborer prior to his arrest. Christopher had previously been convicted of possessing marijuana, evading arrest, and three assault with bodily injury. He also attacked his mother when he was a juvenile.
On November 21, 2004, a security camera recorded a man, later identified as Christopher Young, entering a convenience store at 9:37 am. He appeared to be concealing something in his left pocket. After looking around the front of the store, Young approached Hasmukhbhai Patel, the owner of the store who was working near the rear. Young asked about the cost of cleaning clothes at the store before lowering his voice and demanding that Patel “give up the money.”
Patel and Young moved towards the front of the store, and Young could be seen holding a silver handgun. Young fired two shots at Patel, who was behind the cash register, where he had pressed the panic button. Patel attempted to flee, but Young chased him, cornering him behind the cash register, which blocked them from the view of the camera. Young emerged after a few seconds, concealing his handgun under his shirt.
June 18, 2018
Robert J. Van Hook is scheduled to be executed at 10 am EDT, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Fifty-eight-year-old Robert is convicted of the murder of 25-year-old David Self on February 18, 1985, in David’s Cincinnati apartment. Robert has spent the last 32 years on Ohio’s death row.
Robert’s parents were both heavy drinkers and Robert began drinking as a toddler. His father started taking him to bars at the age of 9. Robert began using drugs, provided by his father, at the age of 11, and continued using drugs and alcohol into adulthood. Robert’s father was violently abusive to his mother, and at least once towards him. Robert was kicked out of the military for his drug and alcohol abuse, to his great distress. Robert had also attempted suicide numerous times.
On February 18, 1985, Robert Van Hook went to a gay bar in an attempt to find someone whom he could rob. Van Hook approached David Self. The two men talked and drank fro several hours before leaving the bar and going to David’s apartment. Van Hook maneuvered David into a “vulnerable position,” and strangled David until he was unconscious. Using a kitchen knife, Van Hook killed and mutilated David and then fled the apartment, taking several of David’s valuables with him.
Van Hook fled to Florida, where he was arrested by police six weeks later. Van Hook confessed to the crime. He was convicted and sentenced to death in August 1985.
This is not Van Hook’s first execution date. After the controversial January 2014 execution of Dennis McGuire, executions were halted in Ohio due to ongoing legal challenges to the execution protocol. Read more information here. As Ohio schedules its executions several years in advance, numerous execution dates were rescheduled, and sometimes multiples times for the same person. Executions resumed in Ohio on October 19, 2016, with the execution or Ronald Phillips.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of David Self. Please pray for strength for the family of Robert. Please pray that if Robert 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 Robert may come to find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.