Ohio Executions Scheduled for 2017-2022

Ohio had scheduled 27 executions to take place between July 2017 and September 2020.
The first execution took place July 26, 2017.

On September 1, 2017, the Governor revised the dates in 19 of the 26 scheduled executions, which pushed out the dates through April 2022. 

 

Name Scheduled Execution
Date
County DOB Race Race/Sex
of Victim
Was Life Without
Parole an Option?
Status
Phillips, Ronald 7/26/17 SUMMIT 10/10/73 W WF N Executed
Otte, Gary 9/13/17 CUYAHOGA 12/21/71 W WM, WF N Executed
Campbell, Alva 11/15/17  CUYAHOGA 4/30/48 W WM Y Death warrant pending
Tibbetts, Raymond 2/13/18
(rescheduled from 10/18/17)
HAMILTON 6/8/57 W WM Y Death warrant pending
Montgomery, William 4/11/18
(rescheduled from 1/3/18)
LUCAS 1/2/66 B WF N Death warrant pending
Van Hook, Robert 7/18/18
(rescheduled from 2/13/18)
HAMILTON 1/14/60 W WM N Death warrant pending
Jackson, Cleveland 9/13/18 ALLEN 6/26/78 B BF Y Death warrant pending
Henness, Warren 2/13/19
(rescheduled from 3/14/18)
FRANKLIN 10/13/63 W WM N Death warrant pending
Wogenstahl, Jeffrey 4/17/19 HAMILTON 11/23/60 W WF N Death warrant pending
Jackson, Kareem 7/10/19 FRANKLIN 3/5/74 B 2BM Y Death warrant pending
Lott, Gregory  8/14/19 CUYAHOGA 6/25/61 B WM N Death warrant pending
Fears, Angelo 10/17/19
(rescheduled from 6/27/18)
HAMILTON 4/16/73 B BM Y Death warrant pending
Hanna, James 12/11/19
(rescheduled from 2/13/19)
LUCAS 7/12/49 W WM Y Death warrant pending
Bonnell, Melvin 2/12/20
(rescheduled from 4/11/18)
CUYAHOGA 9/23/57 W WM N Death warrant pending
Stumpf, John  4/16/20
(rescheduled from 11/14/18)
GUERNSEY 9/16/60 W WF N Death warrant pending
Broom, Romell 6/17/20 CUYAHOGA 6/4/56 B BF N Death warrant pending
Coley, Douglas 8/12/20
(rescheduled from 9/18/19)
LUCAS 8/24/75 B OF Y Death warrant pending
Fitzpatrick, Stanley  10/14/20
(rescheduled from 5/30/18)
HAMILTON 12/4/67 B 2BF, BM Y Death warrant pending
Sneed, David 12/9/20
(rescheduled from 8/1/18)
STARK 12/10/61 B WM N Death warrant pending
O'Neal, James 2/18/21
(rescheduled from 10/10/18)
HAMILTON 7/10/54 B BF N Death warrant pending
Jones, Elwood 4/21/21
(rescheduled from 1/9/19)
HAMILTON 7/25/52 B WF N Death warrant pending
Dixon, Archie 6/23/21
(rescheduled from 3/20/19)
LUCAS 5/30/73 W WM N Death warrant pending
Hoffner, Timothy 8/11/21
(rescheduled from 5/29/19)
LUCAS 6/6/72 W WM N Death warrant pending
Frazier, James 10/20/21
(rescheduled from 10/17/19)
LUCAS 1/29/41 B WF Y Death warrant pending
Landrum, Lawrence 12/9/21
(rescheduled from 2/12/20)
ROSS 9/24/61 W WM N Death warrant pending
Adams, Stanley 2/16/22
(rescheduled from 4/16/20)
TRUMBULL 8/23/66 W 2WF Y Death warrant pending
Drummond, John 4/21/22
(rescheduled from 9/17/20)
ASHTABULA 7/18/77 B BM Y Death warrant pending
 

DPIC looked at how geography, race, and sentencing alternatives played a role in these cases. Based on the facts we reviewed, we found: 

  • GEOGRAPHY: Two-thirds (18 of 27) of the death sentences were concentrated in just 3 of Ohio's 88 counties: Hamilton (7); Lucas (6); and Cuyahoga (5). In DPIC's 2013 Report, The 2% Death Penalty, we found that 2% of the counties in the U.S. account for more than half of all the prisoners on death row nationwide and for more half of all the executions that have been carried out in the country since executions resumed in the 1970s. These three Ohio counties are among the 2% of counties responsible for most of the prisoners on death row, and Hamilton and Cuyahoga counties are among the 2% of counties that account for a majority of the executions in the U.S. 
  • RACE: Of the 27 men who have been or are scheduled to be executed, 14 are white and 13 are black. All 14 white men were condemned for killing white victims, whereas 38% of the black men (5 of 13) were condemned for interracial murders of white victims. At least one of the condemned prisoners—James Frazier, who is black—was tried in 2005 by an all-white jury in Lucas County. Toledo is the county seat and according to the 2010 census, African Americans constituted more than 27% of its population. But, in Frazier's case, only 3 of the 44 prospective jurors were black. The prosecutor used peremptory strikes to remove 2 of those jurors (the record does not indicate what happened to the third black prospective juror), and Frazier's jury ultimately ended up with no black jurors. 
  • SENTENCING ALTERNATIVES: If a defendant was charged with an aggravated murder that occurred before July 1, 1996, the sentencer was not permitted to impose life without the possiblity of parole as a sentence alternative to the death penalty. The only alternative sentence to death were life with the possibility of parole after a term of years. Of the 27 men who have an execution scheduled bewteen 2017 and 2022, 16 (61.54%) were sentenced based on a law that meant if death was not imposed, then the defendant could possibly be released at some point in his life. 

The availability of life without parole as a sentencing option clearly made a difference in jury determinations of life or death in Ohio. Capital cases for pre-July 1, 1996 murders continued to go to trial for several years after Ohio amended its sentencing statute, but by 2000 virtually all of the new death sentences were cases in which juries had been provided a life-without-parole option. As in Texas, Virginia, and Georgia, when juries were given the life-without-parole option, the number of death sentences dropped sharply. From 1990-1999, Ohio imposed an average of 12.7 death sentences per year. From 2000-2009, that average fell by two-thirds, to 4.3 death sentences per year. This leaves little doubt that many of the men and women juries sentenced to death before life without parole was available as an alternative would not have been sentenced death under the amended statute. Indeed, former Cuyahoga County District Attorney Tim McGinty made this very point in April 2014, advocating that the death sentence imposed on Arthur Tyler, who McGinty had prosecuted, be commuted. At that time, McGinty acknowledged that life without parole was sufficient sanction for Tyler and that "the absence of the option of a sentence of life without the possibility of parole in this case may have led to the imposition of the death sentence."

Year 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Death sentences 4 1 3 4 5 3 7 1 3 5
Year 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997
Death sentences 2 5 5 7 7 5 3 10 16 8
Year 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987
Death sentences 17 17 13 11 14 13 8 11 12 12
Year 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977
Death sentences 15 21 17 15 3 0 0 0 13 25

After the Ronald Phillips execution, the Fair Punishment Project reviewed the remaining cases for each of the men scheduled to be executed, and published a report detailing the following findings regarding the condemned prisoners' backgrounds: 

  • At least* 17 out of the 26 men experienced serious childhood trauma – horrifying instances of extensive physical and sexual abuse of the type known to have long-term effects on brain development and mental health.
  • At least* 11 have evidence of intellectual disability, borderline intellectual disability, or a cognitive impairment, including brain injury.
  • At least* 6 men appear to suffer from a mental illness. 

According to the Project's findings, many of these men fall within several of these categories. Also, three of the men were convicted of crimes that occurred when they were under the age of 21— "a period during which an individual’s brain, especially the section related to impulse control and decision-making, is still undeveloped." DPIC also noted that 12 (or 46.15%) of these men were under the age of 25 at the time of the crime for which they were sentenced to death, a period during which neuroscientists say the pre-frontal cortex of the brain is still maturing. 

*The Project uses the term at least "because three of these men waived the presentation of mitigation at their trials. And several had lawyers who conducted little to no investigation at both the trial and post-conviction phase or failed to seek the assistance of psychologists and other experts, despite the presence of familial mental illness, which is often hereditary. Therefore, in those cases, we know very little about existing impairments, even though execution dates are looming."