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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, January 14, 2019  3:50 am EST

 

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Blaine Milam.  The stay was granted over appeals regarding bite mark science, which was used to help convict Blaine but has been discredited by much of the scientific community since then.  Additionally, the laws regarding intellectual disability and the death penalty have been changed since Blaine's trial.  According to his lawyers, Blaine should be exempt from execution due to his mental states.  The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has remanded the case to a lower court for review.

 

Updated: Monday, January 14, 2019  10:50 am EST

 

Blaine Keith Milam's execution is scheduled for 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.

Milam was then interviewed by a Texas Ranger, where he claimed that they had found Amora in a hole in the bathroom floor, which was being remodeled, and that Amora was still alive when he called the police.  Milam later changed his story, saying that Carson called the police before they had found the baby, and that when they found her, she was dead.  Milam denied any involvement in the death of Amora.  By the end of their conversation, the Texas Ranger considered Milam a suspect.

 

The Ranger also interviewed Carson, who was at first “crying and acting very distraught,” before drastically changing her demeanor.  She started referring to Amora as “that baby,” and told the Ranger a story he described as “extremely bizarre.”

 

When police talked to the man Milam and Carson said they had met with that morning, he denied any meeting with them on December 2.  Further, video surveillance showed that the couple had visited a pawn shop, and pawned two items.  Milam’s sister received a phone call from around 9:30 am, in which Milam said he had “found Amora dead.” 

 

A search of the trailer revealed extensive DNA evidence, making it highly unlikely that Amora was killed anywhere else.  Additionally, police received a tip from Milam’s family, after his sister visited him in jail, that there was more evidence under the trailer.  Police obtained a search warrant and discovered more evidence that matched previously discovered evidence.  

 

The medical examiner in the case testified that the injuries to Amora were extensive, making it impossible to determine an exact cause of death.  Many of the injuries would have been fatal on their own.  Numerous bite marks were also discovered on Amora’s body.  An expert was able to testify with “reasonable degree of dental certainty” that a number of the bite marks were from Milam.  Carson was excluded from all but one of the bite marks.  Milam’s brother was also tested.  He did not match any of the bite marks.

 

During Milam’s trial, his attorneys focused on Carson as the murderer.  Milam’s trial had to be moved from Rusk County, where the murder occurred, to Montgomery County, due to the notoriety of the case.  In May 2010, Milam was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced him to death.  One year later, Carson was also found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

During Carson’s trial, she alleged that Milam was controlling and violent.  Additionally, she alleged that at the time of Amora’s death, Milam was performing an exorcism on the girl.

 

Milam currently has several appeals pending before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, in an attempt to halt his execution.  One of his appeals focuses on the bite mark evidence used at his trial, arguing that bite mark science has been discredited.  Milam's lawyer is also arguing that Milam q\was not mentally competent at the time of the crime, and challenging the conviction under the Law of Parties.

 

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

 

 

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