Outcomes of Death Warrants in 2018


Executions and Stays 2018


Last Updated April 26, 2018


45 execution dates have been scheduled in 8 states for 2018.
To date, there have been 9 executions in 4 states.
7 executions have been stayed.
2 executions have been halted by commutation.

1 execution has been halted by reprieve.
2 failed executions were halted when execution personnel were unable to set an IV line.
12 executions have been rescheduled.
13 death warrants are pending.


Date of Scheduled Execution State Prisoner Outcome
January
2 PA Sheldon Hannibal Legally premature warrant. 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 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.^
18 TX Anthony Shore Executed
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.
30 TX William Rayford Executed
JANUARY 2018  6 executions scheduled in 4 states 2 executions carried out; 2 executions halted by stays of execution; 2 executions rescheduled
February
1 TX John Battaglia Executed
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.^
13 OH Raymond Tibbetts Reprieve issued until October 17, 2018, by Gov. John Kasich on February 8, 2017. Gov. Kasich sent a letter to the Ohio Parole Board Chair asking the Board to reconsider Tibbetts's request for clemency in light of new evidence that one of the jurors would not have voted for death had he known the information that was presented at the clemency hearing. 
22 AL Doyle Lee Hamm Execution halted by Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn shortly before midnight (Central Time) on February 22, 2018 when the execution team reported that it would not be able to set an IV line before the death warrant expired. A stay had been granted in an oral order by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on January 31, 2018 to permit litigation of the claim that subjecting Hamm—who has two forms of cancer that he said compromised vein access—to lethal injection would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Stay vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on February 13.
22 TX Thomas Whitaker Commutation granted. On February 20, the Texas Pardons Board unanimously recommended that Governor Greg Abbott commute Thomas "Bart" Whitaker's death sentence to life without parole. Governor Abbott formally issued the commutation about 1/2-hour before the execution was scheduled to occur on February 22.
22 FL Eric Branch Executed.
23 PA Raghunandan Yandamuri Legally premature warrant. 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 to his conviction and sentence that are available to all criminal defendants.
FEBRUARY 2018  8 executions scheduled in 5 states 2 executions carried out; 1 failed execution; 1 execution halted by commutation; 1 execution halted by reprieve; 1 execution halted by stay of execution; 2 executions rescheduled
March
9 PA Charles Ray Hicks Legally premature warrant. 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 K. Hennes Rescheduled for February 13, 2019 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
15 AL Michael Eggers Executed
15 GA Carlton Michael Gary Executed
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.
27 TX Rosendo Rodriguez Executed
MARCH 2018  7 executions scheduled in 6 states 3 executions; 2 executions halted by stay of execution; 2 executions rescheduled
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.
19 AL Walter Moody Executed
25 TX Erick Davila Executed
APRIL 2018 4 executions scheduled in 3 states 2 executions; 1 execution halted by commutation; 1 execution rescheduled
May
3 GA Robert Earl Butts, Jr. Pending
7 PA Marcel Johnson Legally premature warrant. 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 Legally premature warrant. Stay granted on April 11, 2018 to provide Hawkins the opportunity to pursue state post-conviction challenges that are available to all Tennessee criminal defendants.
16 TX Juan Castillo Pending
30 OH Stanley Fitzpatrick Rescheduled
MAY 2018 5 executions scheduled in 5 states 2 executions pending; 2 executions stayed; 1 execution rescheduled
June
21 TX Clifton Williams Pending
27 OH Angelo Fears Rescheduled for October 17, 2019 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
27 TX Danny Bible Pending
JUNE 2018 3 executions scheduled in two states 2 executions pending; one execution rescheduled
July
17 TX Christopher Young Pending
18 OH Robert Van Hook Pending
JULY 2018 2 executions scheduled 2 executions pending
August
1 OH David A. Sneed Rescheduled for December 9, 2020 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
9 TN Billy Ray Irick Pending
AUGUST 2018 2 executions scheduled in 2 states 1 execution pending; 1 execution rescheduled
September
12 TX Gutierrez, Ruben Pending
13 OH Cleveland R. Jackson Pending
SEPTEMBER 2018 2 executions scheduled 2 executions pending
October
10 OH James Derrick O'Neal Rescheduled for February 21, 2021 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
11 TN Edmund Zagorski Pending
17 OH Raymond Tibbetts Pending
OCTOBER 2018 3 executions scheduled in 2 states 2 executions pending; 1 execution rescheduled
November
14 OH John David Stumpf Rescheduled for April 16, 2020 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
28 TN Sedrick Clayton Legally premature warrant. Pending
NOVEMBER 2018 2 executions scheduled in 2 states 1 execution pending; 1 execution rescheduled
December
6 TN David Earl Miller Pending
DECEMBER 2018 1 execution scheduled 1 execution pending

* On May 1, 2017 Governor Kasich issued a statement revising Ohio's execution schedule for nine upcoming executions. This revised schedule was in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s order setting a briefing schedule for the Court's en banc rehearing of the state's appeal of a federal magistrate judge's order issuing a preliminary injunction barring Ohio from carrying out 3-drug executions using midazolam or any execution using a paralytic agent or potassium chloride.

^ 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, 2015, 2016, and 2017.