Upcoming Executions

Last updated on February 22, 2017
(Dates are subject to change due to stays and appeals.)


Executions Scheduled for 2017


Month State Inmate
February    
2 TX John Ramirez - STAYED
7 TX Tilon Lashon Carter - STAYED
15 OH Ronald R. Phillips - STAYED/RESCHEDULED*
19 OH Raymond Tibbetts - STAYED/RESCHEDULED*
March    
2 PA Wayne Smith - STAYED
3 PA Richard Poplawski - STAYED
4 PA Aric Woodard - STAYED
6 PA Patrick Haney - STAYED
7 TX Rolando Ruiz
14 TX James Bigby
15 OH Gary Otte - STAYED/RESCHEDULED*
22 OH Jeremiah Jackson  - STAYED
April    
12 OH Raymond Tibbetts- STAYED/RESCHEDULED*
12 TX Paul Storey
May    
10 OH Alva Campbell, Jr. - RESCHEDULED*
10 OH Ronald R. Phillips
17 OH Donald Ketterer - STAYED
June    
13 OH William Montgomery - RESCHEDULED*
13 OH Gary Otte
28 TX Steven Long
July    
19 OH Mark Pickens - STAYED
19 TX Kosoul Chanthakoummane
26 OH Robert Van Hook - RESCHEDULED*
26 OH Raymond Tibbetts
September    
13 OH Jeffrey A. Wogenstahl - STAYED/RESCHEDULED*
13 OH Alva Campbell, Jr.
October    
18 OH Melvin Bonnell - RESCHEDULED*
18 OH William Montgomery
November    
15 OH Robert Van Hook

Executions Scheduled for 2018


Month State Inmate
January    
3 OH John Stumpf
February    
13 OH Warren K. Henness
March    
14 OH Douglas Coley
April    
11 OH Melvin Bonnell
May    
30 OH Stanley Fitzpatrick
June    
27 OH Angelo Fears
August    
1 OH David A. Sneed
September    
13 OH Cleveland R. Jackson
October    
10 OH James Derrick O'Neal

Executions Scheduled for 2019


Month State Inmate
January    
9 OH Elwood Hubert Jones
February    
13 OH James G. Hanna
March    
20 OH Archie J. Dixon
April    
17 OH Jeffrey A. Wogenstahl
May    
29 OH Timothy J. Hoffner
June    
10 OH Kareem M. Jackson
August    
14 OH Gregory Lott
October    
17 OH James Frazier
23 OH Jason Dean

Executions Scheduled for 2020


Month State Inmate
January    
15 OH Denny Obermiller
March    
11 OH Anthony Belton
May    
13 OH Caron Montgomery
July    
15 OH Nathaniel Jackson
September    
17 OH John Drummond
November    
18 OH Anthony Sowell

Executions Scheduled for 2021


Month State Inmate
January    
20 OH Dawud E. Spaulding
March    
24 OH Steven E. Cepec


Stays of Execution 2017


Date of  Scheduled Execution  State  Inmate Reason for Stay
January      
11 OH Anthony Kirkland Stay granted by Ohio Supreme Court on October 16, 2014 "pending disposition of available state remedies .... It is further ordered that this stay shall remain in effect until exhaustion of all state post-conviction proceedings, including any appeals."
12 OH James Hanna All 2016 Ohio executions granted a reprieve because new execution drugs could not be obtained.^^
12 OH Ronald Phillips Stay granted by magistrate judge in U.S. District Court on December 19, 2016 to permit litigation of challenge to Ohio lethal injection protocol; on December 21, 2016, governor then rescheduled execution for February 15, 2017. 
23 OR Gary Haugen Reprieve in place, Gov. John Kitzhaber imposed a moratorium on all executions in Oregon. Current Gov. Kate Brown has requested a report on the status of the death penalty and indicated the report will inform future policy decisions.
25 TX Kosoul Chanthakoummane Date rescheduled to July 19, 2017.
February      
2 TX John Ramirez Stay granted by U.S. District Court on January 31, 2017 to permit new counsel to file a petition seeking clemency for Ramirez. On February 1, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied the Texas Attorney General's motion to vacate the District Court's stay order. 
7 TX Tilon Lashon Carter Stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on February 3, 2017 on a 5-4 vote. The Court ruled that Texas had failed to timely serve the death warrant upon the Texas Office of Capital and Forensic Writs.
15 OH Ronald Phillips Stay granted by U.S. District Court magistrate judge on January 26, 2017 as part of preliminary injunction order declaring Ohio's execution protocol unconstitutional. Then rescheduled for May 10, 2017 by OH Governor Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
19 OH Ramond Tibbetts Stay granted by magistrate judge in U.S. District Court on December 19, 2016 to permit litigation of challenge to Ohio lethal injection protocol; on December 21, 2016, governor then rescheduled execution for April 12, 2017.
March      
2 PA Wayne Smith Stay granted January 25, 2017 by U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to provide Smith to vindicate his right to pursue state and federal post-conviction challenges to his conviction and sentence that are available to all criminal defendants.
3 PA Richard Poplawski Stay granted February 17, 2017 by the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas to provide Poplawski the opportunity to pursue state post-conviction challenges to his conviction and sentence that are available to all criminal defendants.
4 PA Aric Woodard Stay granted February 9, 2017 by the York County Court of Common Pleas to provide Woodard the opportunity to pursue state post-conviction challenges to his conviction and sentence that are available to all criminal defendants.
6 PA Patrick Haney Stay granted February 8, 2017 by U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to provide Haney the opportunity to pursue state and federal post-conviction challenges to his conviction and sentence that are available to all criminal defendants.
15 OH Gary Otte Stay granted by U.S. District Court magistrate judge on January 26, 2017 as part of preliminary injunction order declaring Ohio's execution protocol unconstitutional. Then rescheduled for June 13, 2017 by OH Governor Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
22 OH Jeremiah Jackson Stay granted by Ohio Supreme Court until exhaustion of all state post-conviction proceedings.
April      
12 OH Ramond Tibbetts Stay granted by U.S. District Court magistrate judge on January 26, 2017 as part of preliminary injunction order declaring Ohio's execution protocol unconstitutional. Then rescheduled for July 26, 2017 by OH Governor Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
May      
17 OH Donald Ketterer Stay granted by Ohio Supreme Court until exhaustion of all state post-conviction proceedings.
10 OH Alva Campbell, Jr. Rescheduled for September 13, 2017 by OH Governor Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
June      
13 OH William Montgomery Rescheduled for October 18, 2017 by OH Governor Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
July      
19 OH Mark Pickens Stay granted by Ohio Supreme Court until exhaustion of all state post-conviction proceedings.
26 OH Robert Van Hook Rescheduled for November 15, 2017 by OH Governor Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
September      
13 OH Jeffrey A. Wogenstahl Stay granted by Ohio Supreme Court May 4, 2016 on motion to vacate execution date and to reopen direct appeal. Rescheduled for April 17, 2019 by OH Governor Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
October      
18 OH Melvin Bonnell Rescheduled for April 11, 2018 by OH Governor Kasich on February 10, 2017.*

* On February 10, 2017 Governor John R. Kasich issued a statement revising the schedule for eight upcoming executions. This revised schedule is in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s denial of a motion to stay enforcement, pending appeal, of a federal magistrate judge's order declaring Ohio’s execution procedures unconstitutional.

^^ 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.

~ In 2011 Gov. John Kitzhaber imposed a moratorium on all executions in Oregon. Current Gov. Kate Brown has requested a report on the status of the death penalty and indicated the report will inform future policy decisions.

"Volunteer" refers to inmates who have voluntarily waived their normal appeals (not necessarily that they have volunteered for execution).

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