Praying for Those Impacted by the Death Penalty (April - June 2014)
July 03, 2014
In keeping with our Catholic Social Teaching regarding the human dignity of every life, the Sisters of Mercy oppose and work to abolish the death penalty in the United States. Additionally, bolstered by the Mercy commitment to persons who are poor and to racial justice, the Sisters of Mercy recognize that poor persons of color are disproportionately represented on death row.
The following people were executed April through June 2014:
April 3 Tommy Sells was killed by the people of Texas for the murder of Katy Harris.
April 9 Ramiro Hernandez-LLanas was killed by the people of Texas for the murder of Glen Lich.
April 16 Jose Villegas was killed by the people of Texas for the murders of Erida Salazar, Jacob Salazar and Alma Perez.
April 23 William Rousan was killed by the people of Missouri for the murders of Grace and Charles Lewis.
April 23 Robert Hendrix was killed by the people of Florida for the murders of Elmer and Michelle Scott.
April 29 Clayton Lockett was killed by the people of Oklahoma for the murder of Stephanie Nieman.
June 17 Marcus Wellons was killed by the people of Georgia for the murder of India Roberts.
June 18 John Winfield was killed by the people of Missouri for the murders of Arthea Sanders and Shawnee Murphy.
June 18 John Henry was killed by the people of Florida for the murder of Suzanne Henry.
We pray for them, their victims and all of the loved ones impacted by the crime and the execution.