Stays of Execution 2015

Stays of Execution 2015


Date of  Scheduled Execution  State  Inmate Reason for Stay
January      
7 OH Warren Henness Stayed due to all Ohio executions blocked by court order until January 15, 2015 New Date Set
8 PA Christopher Roney Stayed to allow defendant to pursue statutorily mandated appeals.
13 PA Mark Edwards Stayed to allow defendant to pursue statutorily mandated appeals.
14 TX Rodney Reed Stayed to allow time for appeals regarding DNA testing. Judge denied a motion to introduce new DNA testing into the case. New date set.
15 PA Dennis Reed Stayed to allow defendant to pursue statutorily mandated appeals.
15 TX Richard Vasquez Stayed due to a request for a delay from the prosecution.
28 MO Marcellus Williams Stayed to allow the Missouri State Supreme Court to consider a request for DNA testing that might show innocence.
28 TX Garcia White Stayed to allow time for the court to consider several factors pertaining to the case.
29 OK Richard Glossip Stayed to allow time for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection protocols.
February      
10 TN Stephen West Stayed to allow time for appeals regarding Tennessee's execution methods.
10 TX Lester Bower Stayed to allow the court to allow time to consider a petition.
11 OH William Montgomery Stayed due to all Ohio executions blocked by court order until January 15, 2015 New Date Set
11 OH Ronald Phillips Stayed to allow time for the state to obtain new drugs.
19 AL Tommy Arthur FURTHER UPDATE: SECOND STAY GRANTED ON 2/17: A federal judge ordered a second stay, stating that Mr. Arthur had met his burden for further appeals.
UPDATE: STAY LIFTED on 2/12 by the 11th Circuit. 
Stayed to allow time for the district court to conduct fact-finding and gather evidence regarding Arthur's claims that Alabama's lethal injection protocol violates his 8th amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.
19 OK John Grant Stayed to allow time for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection protocols.
25 GA Kelly Gissendaner Stayed temporarily and rescheduled to 3/2/15 due to weather.
26 FL Jerry Correll Stayed to allow time for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection protocols. (Florida uses the same lethal injection protocol as Oklahoma.)
March      
2 GA Kelly Gissendaner Stayed due to problems with the lethal injection drug.
4 PA Terrance Williams Reprieve issued to allow Governor Tom Wolf to review the report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment
5 OK Benjamin Cole Stayed to allow time for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection protocols.
5 PA Kenneth Hairston Stayed to allow defendant to pursue statutorily mandated appeals.
5 TX Rodney Reed Stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to consider newly discovered evidence.
10 GA Brian Terrell Stayed pending an investigation into problems with Georgia's lethal injection drugs.
10 PA Alfonso Sanchez Stayed to allow defendant to pursue statutorily mandated appeals.
11 PA Robert Diamond Reprieve issued to allow Governor Tom Wolf to review the report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment
12 OH Robert Van Hook Stayed due to all Ohio executions blocked by court order until January 15, 2015 New Date Set
12 OH Raymond Tibbetts Stayed due to all 2015 Ohio executions being postponed until 2016 to allow the state more time to obtain new drugs. New Date Set
12 PA Kevin Mattison Stayed to allow defendant to pursue statutorily mandated appeals.
18 TX Randall Mays Stayed to review issues surrounding the mental health of the inmate.
19 AL Bill Kuenzel Stayed by the Alabama Supreme Court pending further orders of the court to allow more time for appeals.
24 TN Donnie Johnson Stayed to allow more time for appeals regarding the state's execution method.
April      
14 MO  Andre Cole Stayed by U.S. District Ct. because of concerns about mental competency. Stay overturned by Cir. Ct. UPDATE: Executed as scheduled on April 14.
23 TX Richard Vasquez Stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to consider new appellate issues.
28 TX Robert Pruett Stayed by trial court to possibly allow DNA testing.
May      
3 SD Rodney Berget Stayed to allow more time for appeal.
8 PA Anthony Reid Stayed to allow defendant to pursue statutorily mandated appeals (two warrants).
12 MO Kimber Edwards No reason given for stay.
14 OH Gregory Lott Stayed due to all 2015 Ohio executions being postponed until 2016 to allow the state more time to obtain new drugs. New Date Set
June      
5 PA Hubert Michael  Reprieve issued to allow Governor Tom Wolf to review the report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment
18 AL Robin Myers Stayed to allow time for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide on a case challenging lethal injection protocols.
23 TN Charles Wright Stayed to allow more time for appeals regarding the state's execution method.
July      
15 OH William Henness Stayed due to all 2015 Ohio executions being postponed until 2016 to allow the state more time to obtain new drugs. New Date Set
16 TX Clifton Williams Stayed by the Texas Ct. of Criminal Appeals after attorneys pointed to possible errors in FBI testimony about DNA from the case.
August      
13 TX Tracy Beatty Stayed by the Texas Ct. of Criminal Appeals after attorneys pointed to earlier ineffective representation.
18 TN David Miller Stayed pending the outcome of legal challenges to both of the state's execution methods.
26 TX Bernardo Tercero Stayed by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to allow time for further appeals.
27 PA Maurice Patterson Stayed by Lycoming County Ct. of Common Pleas to allow defendant to pursue appeals available to all defendants as a matter of state law
28 PA Hector Morales Stayed by U.S. Dist. Ct. for Middle Dist. of PA
September      
2 TX Joe Garza Stayed by trial court judge to allow for DNA testing.
3 PA Herbert Blakeney Stayed to allow time for federal review.
16 OK Richard Glossip Stayed to allow time for the court to review materials submitted by the defense.
17 OH William Montgomery Stayed due to all 2015 Ohio executions being postponed until 2016 to allow the state more time to obtain new drugs. New Date Set
29 TX Perry Williams Stayed to allow a federal judge time to appoint an appellate lawyer in the case.
30 OK Richard Glossip Stayed by the governor until Nov. 6 due to mixup in execution drugs
October      
5 TN Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman  Stayed pending the outcome of legal challenges to both of the state's execution methods.
7 OK Benjamin Cole Stayed pending review of OK lethal injection procedures.†
19 PA Michael Ballard Reprieve issued to allow Governor Tom Wolf to review the report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment
21 AR Bruce Earl Ward Temporary restraining order granted staying execution so already pending judicial review of AR lethal injection procedures could take place.~
21 AR Dan William Davis Temporary restraining order granted staying execution so already pending judicial review of AR lethal injection procedures could take place.~
28 OK John Grant Stayed pending review of OK lethal injection procedures.†
28 TX Christopher Wilkins Stayed at the request of the prosocution because the Texas Forensic Science Commission "is in the process of addressing emerging issues involving the calculation of DNA population statistics and DNA mixture interpretation."
November      
3 AR Terrick Terrell Nooner Temporary restraining order granted staying execution so already pending judicial review of AR lethal injection procedures could take place.~
3 AR Stacey Eugene Johnson Temporary restraining order granted staying execution so already pending judicial review of AR lethal injection procedures could take place.~
3 TX Julius Murphy Stayed by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to allow time for further appeals.
3 MO Ernest Lee Johnson Stayed by U.S. Supreme Court pending review of claim that Missouri lethal injection procedures unconstitutional as applied to a person with Johnson's particular medical condition 
6 OK Richard Glossip Stayed pending review of OK lethal injection procedures.†
17 OH Robert Van Hook Stayed due to all 2015 Ohio executions being postponed until 2016 to allow the state more time to obtain new drugs. New Date Set
17 TN Nicholas Sutton Stayed pending the outcome of legal challenges to both of the state's execution methods.
18 TX Raphael Holiday Stayed (subject to appeal) to give Holiday opportunity to seek clemency. Stay lifted on appeal, execution occurred as originally scheduled.
December      
14 AR Marcel Wayne Williams Temporary restraining order granted staying execution so already pending judicial review of AR lethal injection procedures could take place.~
14 AR Jack Harold Jones Jr Temporary restraining order granted staying execution so already pending judicial review of AR lethal injection procedures could take place.~
18 PA Antayne Robinson Reprieve issued to allow Governor Tom Wolf to review the report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment

#On February 13, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a memorandum announcing a moratorium on all executiions in the state. The memo stated that no executions will take place at least until he has "received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment."  

^On January 30, 2015, the Ohio State Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections announced that it would postpone all of the six executions scheduled in 2015 to that point. All of these executions would be scheduled in 2016 to allow time for the state to obtain new drugs for lethal injections. The new drugs that Ohio announced it would be trying to obtain were sodium thiopental and pentobarbital.

^^ On October 19, 2015 the Ohio Department of Corrections issued a statement that Gov. Kasich granted reprieves postponing all executions that the state had scheduled in 2016. Ohio has been unable to obtain the execution drugs required to conduct executions under state law. All execution dates have been rescheduled by the state.

† On October 2, 2015 The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the Attorny General's request to indefinitely stay all pending executions to allow for review of lethal injection procedures.

~ On October 8, the Arkansas Circuit Court granted a temporary restraining order staying all eight scheduled executions so that already pending judicial review of the state's execution procedures could take place. 

*On September 8, 2014, the Ohio State Department of Rehabilitation Corrections revised its execution schedule for all death sentences previously scheduled from March 2014 and beyond. This was done in order to comply with the August 6, 2014 Federal Court ruling that no executions could be carried out until at least January 2015. The court  imposed this moratorium in order to compel a review of Ohio's lethal injection protocol. For more information about the ruling, click here. For the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections press release regarding the revised execution schedule, click here.