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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

134 Killed Mali
At least 134 individuals have been killed, and 55 others injured, in an ethnic Peuhl village in Ogossogou, Mali. Among those killed were small children, pregnant women, and the elderly. An ethnic Dogon militia, who are Islamic extremists, is believed to be responsible for the attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
417 Killed in Mozambique
At least 417 individuals have been killed in Mozambique as a result of Cyclone Idai. Approximately 300 others have been killed in Zimbabwe and Malawi as a result of the cyclone. There is also severe flooding, which has contributed to the many deaths, and risk of further flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all in the regions. Please pray for all affected.
Flooding in Australia
Northern Australia has been struck by Cyclone Trevor, with another storm, Cyclone Veronica on its way. Cyclone Trevor has already caused significant damage with strong winds and rains. There have been nor reports of injuries or deaths. While Cyclone Veronica is not expected to make landfall, flooding is still a major concern. Please pray for all who have been, and could be, affected. Please pray for safety.
1 Injured in Nice, France
At least one elderly woman has been injured during a banned “Yellow Vest” protest in Nice, France. The 73-year-old woman was struck over the head with a metal post in an incident captured on video. She sustained a skull fracture and bleeding next to the brain. She is currently in the intensive care unit. During the protest, soldiers were deployed to help police maintain security. Please pray for healing. Please pray for any others that may have been affected. Please pray for peace.
Last Islamic State Stronghold Falls
The terrorist group known as the Islamic State no longer holds any territory, and thousands of its fighters have been captured in recent months. However, many fighters continue to carry out operations in secret. Please pray for peace. Please pray for all that have been affected since the Islamic State came to power.
3 Killed in Nebraska
At least three individuals have been killed as a result of severe flooding in Nebraska. Thousands have been forced from their homes in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri due to flooding. Further flooding is feared as temperatures increase and snow begins to melt. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for all those affected.
Protests in Morocco
Thousands of teachers are protesting in Morocco over working conditions. Among their demands are permanent contracts, better working conditions, and the rising cost of living. An overnight sit-in was broken up by police in riot gear with water cannons. Please pray for peace.
Protests in Algeria
Protests have been ongoing against current President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. President Bouteflika was planning on running for a 5th term in office, despite his declining health, however, he has announced that he will not seek another term. He has been in office since 1999. Protests initially began against his seeking a 5th term, but now protesters are demanding that he step down immediately, arguing that his health is allowing others to rule through him. Please pray for a peaceful resolution.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

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.

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