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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

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At least two individuals have been killed, and 50 others injured, when over 100 vehicles were involved in a pile-up in southwest Guizhou province. While the cause of the accident is under investigation, officials note that the pile-up occurred on slippery roads, with the temperature dropping after a rain. Pleas pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the healing of the injured.
97 Children Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Last year, an Ebola outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has since resulted in the death of the 97 children, with the number of new cases doubling in January. Over half of those deaths were children under the age of 65. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the infected. Please pray that a cure may be found.

Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2018  8:54 pm EDT

 

Michael Wayne Eggers has been executed by the state of Alabama.  Click here to read more.

 

Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2018  6:37 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to stay the execution of Michael Eggers.

 

Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2018  2:37 pm EDT

 

Federal public defenders for Michael Wayne Eggers are seeking to halt his execution, even after their client expressed his desire to have the execution carried out and waived all his appeals.  Michael's lawyers are arguing the Michael is mentally incompetent, making him ineligible to be executed, and that he was not of sound state of mind when he fired his attorneys and dropped his appeals.  They have appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, without Michael's consent, asking that the execution be halted.

 

Updated: Monday, March 11, 2018  11:24 am EDT

 

Michael Wayne Eggers is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.  Fifty-year-old Michael is convicted of the murder of Bennie Francis Murray on December 30, 2000, near Jasper, Alabama.  Michael has spent the last 15 years on Alabama’s death row.

 

Michael Eggers sold concessions with a carnival that traveled trough the southeastern United States.  The business was owned by Frank and Bennie “Francis” Murray.  In September of 2000, the carnival stopped in Jasper, Alabama.  While there, Eggers met a woman and decided to stay.  Between September and the end of December 2000, Eggers found a job, but eventually lost it and was unable to find another.  

 

On December 26, 2000, Eggers phoned Francis asking for a job.  At the time, the carnival was not traveling and Francis and her husband were at their home in Talladega.  Francis explained that the carnival would not be traveling again until mid-March and that their “bunkhouse” was unavailable.

 

On December 28, Eggers called Francis again, saying he was at the bus station in Birmingham with his son.  He asked if she would pick them up.  Francis agreed, and during the next several days, unsuccessfully attempted to help Eggers locate a job.  On December 30, Eggers asked Francis to take him and his son back to the Jasper; she agreed.  

 

Francis dropped off Egger’s son at his apartment and then she agreed to help Eggers find his car, which he had allegedly driven off the road due to inclement weather a few days earlier.  They drove for some time, but Francis eventually stopped and said she was willing to go no further and was turning around.  Eggers alleged that when he voiced his protest, Francis backhanded him, causing him to “let go, and just start hitting her.”  After Francis fell unconscious, Eggers started driving the truck.

When Francis started to come around she was making noises, which caused Eggers to stop the truck, get out, and kick her several times in the head with his steel-toed boots.  He then left her along the dirt road, but came back a short time later to make sure she was dead, because he “didn’t want to leaver her out there suffering.”  When he discovered that she was once again regaining consciousness, he strangled her with his hands and using a tree branch after he dragged her into the woods.  He then took the truck to a car wash to wash out the blood and stole money from her purse, left in the truck.

 

Eggers fled to Florida, where he was eventually arrested and returned to Alabama for criminal proceedings.  His trial began in August 2002, and he found guilty and sentenced to death in October 2002.

 

Eggers is not protesting his execution and stopped all appeals in his case, asking a judge to give him an execution date.  In requesting his date, he also noted that long, drawn-out appeals process are cruel and unusual punishment for both the family of the victims and the condemned.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Francis Murray.  Please pray for strength for the family of Michael Eggers.  Please pray that if Michael 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 Michael may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.  

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