December 14, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 50
Iran: On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Jamshid Agha-Rahimi was executed by hanging at Bandar Abbas Central Prison. He was convicted of murdering an individual who had previously abused his sister.
On Thursday, December 6, 2018, 12 prisoners were executed by hanging a Kerman Central Prison. Most of those executed were convicted on drug related charges. Four of the prisoners were identified as Abdolghani Ghalandarzehi, Yaghub Ghalandarzehi, Jalil Khodabakhsh and Yousef Jalaledin. The rest were not identified by name.
On Sunday, December 9, 2018, an unnamed prisoner was executed by hanging at Qazvin Prison. The prisoner was convicted of rape.
On Monday, December 10, 2018, Younes Azizi was executed by hanging at Urmia Central Prison. He was convicted of possessing morphine. He also previously had three other drug related sentences.
Papua New Guinea: Wesley Yanduo, a father of three, has been convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a 14-year-old Naegel John Las in West New Britain in 2015. Yanduo allegedly attacked Naegel in retaliation for another attack where a child was killed. Yanduo attacked Naegel after meeting for compensation where no agreement was reached.
Sri Lanka: President Sirisena has stated that he plans to continue his efforts to implement capital punishment for those convicted of drug trafficking. This decision has drawn criticism from many states in the European Union, along with threats of Sri Lanka losing their preferred trade status with the European Union. Implementation of the death penalty currently faces delays due to a necessary investigation that needs to be conducted.
Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2018
Jose Antonio Jimenez has been executed by the state of Florida on Thursday, December 13, 2018. He was pronounced dead at 9:48 pm EST, inside the execution chamber at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida. His execution was delayed several hours due to appeals. Jose was 53 years of age. He was executed for the murder of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in Miami, Florida, which occurred on October 2,1992. Jose spent the last 25 years of his life on death row in Florida.
Prior to being arrest fro murder, Jose worked as a painter
On October 2, 1992, Jose Jimenez entered the home of Phyllis Minas, located in a north Miami apartment complex. Jimenez was also a resident of the apartment complex. Once Jimenez was inside, he beat and stabbed Phyllis. A neighbor heard her screaming “Oh God, Oh my God!” during the attack and attempted to enter the apartment through the open front door. As they were entering, Jimenez slammed the door shut and locked it. The neighbor called the police.
December 11, 2018
Alvin Avon Braziel, Jr., was executed by the state of Texas on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. He was pronounced dead at 7:19 pm CST, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. He was 43 years of age. Alvin was executed for the murder of 27-year-old Douglas White on September 21, 1993, in Dallas, Texas. Alvin spent the lat 17 years of his life on death row in Texas.
Alvin was born in Texas. He dropped out of school following the 8th grade. Alvin allegedly grew up in an abusive home and his family had a history of mental illness. Alvin also sustained a head injury as a child, which could have affected his brain function. Alvin worked as a laborer prior to his arrest.
On September 21, 1993, Douglas and Lora White were walking along a jogging trail at Eastfield College. The newlyweds had been married for 11 days. While walking, a man, later identified as Alvin Braziel, stepped out from behind some bushes and pointed a gun at them. He demanded money. When the couple said they had no money with them, Braziel shot Douglas twice. Braziel then dragged Lora behind some bushes and sexually assaulted her before running off. Douglas died from his injuries. Lora reported the incident to the police and was able to provide the police with a description. She also worked with a sketch artist to create a drawing, however, no match was made.
Some years after the murder and attack of Douglas and Lora White, Braziel was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison for the sexual assault of a child.
In February 2001, Lora was contacted by police saying the DNA collected from her assault was matched to an offender currently incarcerated. Lora was able to identify her attacker when viewing a photo line-up. She was also willing and able to testify and identify him in court.
Braziel was convicted and sentenced to death on August 9, 2001.
Please pray for peace and healing for Lora and for the family of Douglas White. Please pray for strength for the family of Alvin Braziel.
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Updated: December 13, 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.
December 15, 2018
Blaine Keith Milam is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Twenty-nine-year-old Blaine is convicted of the murder of 13-month old Amora Carson in Rusk County, Texas, in December 2008. Blaine has been on death row in Texas for the past eight years.
Blaine did not have a prior prison record. He dropped out of school after the 4th grade and was not working at the time of his arrest, although he had worked previously. According to Blaine’s mother, Blaine stopped maturing emotionally at the age of 12 and used methamphetamine off-and-on. Blaine took the death of his father hard, twice trying to commit suicide. At the time of the murder, Blaine was on probation for solicitation of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14.
Blaine Milam and Jessica Carson met in January 2008, and became engaged on prom night. When they met, Jessica had recently had a child, Amora, with another man. Shortly after becoming engaged, Carson moved in with Milam.
At 10:37 am, on December 2, 2008, police received an emergency call from Milam. His first words were “My name is Blaine Milam, and my daughter, I just found her dead.” By the time police arrived 20 minutes later, two ambulances were already at the scene. Police found EMTs standing in the doorway of the master bedroom, in which Milam and Carson were kneeling over an infant on the floor.
The first responding police officer observed that the baby was bruised and not breathing of moving. Another police officer arrived and Milam and Carson were separated for questioning. Milam told the police that the couple had left the child sleeping in order to walk up the road to talk to a man about clearing some land for them. Upon their return, approximately one-hour later, Milam stated that they “found the baby in that condition.” Milam was cooperative with the police, giving consent for the search of his car and home.
Only through a relationship with Jesus Christ can anyone hope to separate themselves from the power of sin in this world. Through Him, all things are made new. For a complete listing of readings, please download our Bible Study.