Stays of Execution 2018


Stays of Execution 2018


Date of Scheduled Execution State Prisoner Reason for Stay
January
2 PA Sheldon Hannibal Stay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on November 9, 2017 to provide Hannibal the opportunity to pursue federal habeas corpus challenges to his conviction and sentence that are available to all criminal defendants.
3 OH John David Stumpf Rescheduled for November 14, 2018 by Gov. John Kasich on May 1, 2017.**
3 OH William Montgomery Rescheduled for April 11, 2018 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
25 AL Vernon Madison Stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 25, pending resolution of his petition for writ of certiorari on the question of whether he is competent to be executed.
February
13 OH Warren K. Henness Rescheduled for March 14, 2018 by Gov. John Kasich on May 1, 2017.**
13 OH Robert Van Hook Rescheduled for July 18, 2018 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
22 TX Thomas Whitaker Commutation granted by Governor Greg Abbott on February 22, 2018 after unanimous recommendation for clemency by Texas Board of Pardons on February 20.
22 AL Doyle Lee Hamm Execution called off by Department of Corrections Commission Jeff Dunn close to midnight on February 22, 2018 after execution team reported it would be unable to set an IV line before the death warrant expired.
23 PA Raghunandan Yandamuri Stay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on January 16, 2018 to provide Yandamuri the opportunity to pursue state and federal post-conviction challenges that are available to all criminal defendants.
March
9 PA Charles Ray Hicks Stay granted by the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas on February 12, 2018 to provide Hicks the opportunity to pursue state post-conviction challenges that are available to all Pensylvania criminal defendants.
14 OH Douglas Coley Rescheduled for September 18, 2019 by Gov. John Kasich on May 1, 2017*
14 OH Warren Henness Rescheduled for February 13, 2019 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
20 MO Russell Bucklew Stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 20, 2018, pending resolution of his petition for writ of certiorari on the question of whether his medical condition makes it unconstituionally cruel to execute him by means of lethal injection.
April
11 OH Melvin Bonnell Rescheduled for February 12, 2020 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
11 OH William Montgomery Commutation granted. On March 16, the Ohio Board of Pardons voted 604 to recommend that Montgomery's death sentence be commuted by Ohio Governor John Kasich. Gov. Kasich commuted Montgomery's death sentence to life without parole on March, 26, 2018.
May
7 PA Marcel Johnson Stay granted by the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas on March 28, 2018 to provide Johnson the opportunity to pursue state post-conviction challenges that are available to all Pensylvania criminal defendants.
9 TN James Hawkins Stay granted on April 12, 2018 to provide Hawkins the opportunity to pursue state post-conviction challenges that are available to all Tennessee criminal defendants.
30 OH Stanley Fitzpatrick Rescheduled
June
21 TX Clifton Williams Stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on June 5, 2018 to permit Williams to re-litigate his claim of intellectual disability under Moore v. Texas. The Texas courts had previously denied his claim, applying the "Briseno factors" that were declared unconstitutional in Moore.
27 OH Angelo Fears Rescheduled for October 17, 2019 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
July
11 NV Scott Raymond Dozier Temporary restraining order granted by the Clark County District Court on July 11, 2018 barring Nevada from using midazolam manufactured by Alvogen Pharmaceuticals in any execution. Stay granted by the Clark County District Court on July 11. 
August
1 OH David Sneed Rescheduled for December 9, 2020 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
14 FL Jose Antonio Jimenez Stay granted by the Florida Supreme Court on August 10, 2014.
30 TX Joseph Garcia Rescheduled for December 4, 2018.
September
12 TX Ruben Gutierrez Stay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on August 22, 2018 to provide newly appointed counsel time to investigate the case and "to preserve Gutierrez’s right to meaningful and effective legal representation." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the stay on September 10.
13 OH Shawn Grate Legally premature death warrant. Execution of the death warrant stayed by operation of law (Ohio Rev. Code sec. 2953.09) when Grate filed a notice of appeal on July 19 to permit him to pursue direct appeal remedies that are available to all Ohio capital defendants as of right.
October
10 OH James O'Neal Rescheduled for February 21, 2021 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
10 TX Juan Segundo Stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on October 5, 2018 to permit Segundo to re-litigate his claim of intellectual disability under Moore v. Texas. The Texas courts had previously denied his claim, applying the "Briseno factors" that were declared unconstitutional in Moore.
11 TN Edmund Zagorski Reprieve granted by Governor Bill Haslam on October 11, 2018 to last until October 21. The U.S. Supreme Court on October 12 vacated the stay the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit had granted on October 10. 
17 OH Raymond Tibbetts Death sentence commuted by Gov. John Kasick to life without possibility of parole on July 20, 2018.
24 TX Kwame Rockwell Stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on October 19, 2018 to permit Rockwell to obtain mental health evaluations and present evidence of his possible incompetency to be executed. 
November
6 OH Lance Hundley Stay granted by the Ohio Supreme Court on September 12, 2018, pending completion of direct appeal proceedings to which all defendants are entitled as a matter of Ohio law.
7 TX Emanuel Kemp, Jr. Stay granted, warrant withdrawn by Tarrant County District Court on October 8, 2018, to permit DNA testing.
14 OH John Stumpf Rescheduled for April 16, 2020 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
28 TN Sedrick Clayton Stay granted on November 1, 2018 to provide Clayton the opportunity to pursue state post-conviction challenges that are available to all Tennessee criminal defendants.

^ On September 1, 2017, Ohio's Governor Kasich issued a statement and an updated execution schedule, which changed the execution dates for 19 of 26 condemned prisoners who had scheduled dates between September 2017 and September 2020. The execution schedule for these 26 prisoners now extends through April 2022. 

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

Return to Executions. See also Stays of Execution for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 20152016, and 2017. To compare the number of executions carried out with the number of executions actually scheduled, see Outcomes of Death Warrants in 2014-201620172018, and 2019.