Outcomes of Death Warrants in 2019


Executions and Stays 2019


Last Updated May 18, 2019


41 execution dates have been scheduled in 7 states for 2019.
To date, there have been 7 executions in 4 states.
7 executions have been stayed.
0 executions have been halted by commutation.

4 executions have been halted by reprieve.
2 executions were rendered moot when the prisoners died on death row.
6 executions have been rescheduled.

1 execution date has been removed.
14 death warrants are pending.*

* Includes death warrants in Ohio that are unlikely to be carried out as a result of Governor Mike DeWine's directive on February 19, 2019, that the state will not conduct any executions until it develops a new execution protocol that is approved by the courts.


Date of Scheduled Execution State Prisoner Outcome
January
9 OH Elwood Hubert Jones Rescheduled for April 21, 2021 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
15 TX Blaine Milam Stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on January 14, 2019 to permit litigation of successive state post-conviction petition raising new evidence claims, "[b]ecause of recent changes in the science pertaining to bite mark comparisons and recent changes in the law pertaining to the issue of intellectual disability."
30 TX Robert Jennings Executed
JANUARY 2019 3 executions scheduled in 2 states 1 execution; 1 execution stayed; 1 execution rescheduled.
February
7 AL Domineque Hakim Marcelle Ray Executed after U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 on February 7, 2019 to vacate a stay granted the day before by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The 11th Circuit had stayed Ray's execution to resolve his claim that Alabama violated his right to religious freedom by denying him access to an imam during his execution in circumstances in which it would have provided a Christian prisoner access to a chaplain's religious service.
13 OH James G. Hanna Rescheduled for December 19, 2019 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
13 OH Warren K. Henness Reprieve granted on January 25, 2019 by Gov. Mike DeWine, and execution rescheduled for September 12, 2019.
28 TX Billie Wayne Coble Executed.
FEBRUARY 2019 4 executions scheduled in 3 states 2 executions; 1 execution rescheduled; 1 execution halted by reprieve.
March
8 PA Timothy M. Jacoby Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the York County Court of Common Pleas on February 8, 2019 to permit Jacoby to pursue state post-conviction appeals that are available to all Pennsylvania prisoners as a matter of right.
20 OH Archie J. Dixon Rescheduled for June 23, 2021 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
28 TX Patrick Murphy Stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 28, 2019 "pending the timely filing and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari unless the State permits Murphy’s Buddhist spiritual advisor or another Buddhist reverend of the State’s choosing to accompany Murphy in the execution chamber during the execution."
MARCH 2019 3 executions scheduled in 3 states 2 executions stayed; 1 execution rescheduled.
April
11 TX Mark Allen Robertson Stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on April 8, 2019 "pending further order from this Court" on whether to reconsider the issues presented in his 1997 state habeas corpus petition.
11 AL Christopher Price Stay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on April 11 as part of preliminary injunction against Alabama execution protocol. New stay granted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to consider jurisdictional issues presented by the District Court stay. By a post-midnight 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the stay, but it was still in effect when the state's corrections department called off the execution because the death warrant was about to expire.
17 OH Jeffrey A. Wogenstahl Stay granted by the Ohio Supreme Court on October 24, 2018 pending "exhaustion of all state post-conviction proceedings, including any appeals."
24 TX John William King Executed.
APRIL 2019 4 executions scheduled in 2 states 1 execution; 3 executions stayed.
May
2 TX Dexter Johnson Stay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on April 30, 2019 to provide recently appointed habeas corpus counsel 90 days to develop a series of claims relating to the alleged ineffective representation provided by prior counsel. 
2 GA Scotty Morrow Executed
16 TN Donnie Edward Johnson Executed 7:37 p.m. CT
16 AL Michael Samra Executed 7:33 p.m. CT
23 FL Robert Long Pending
29 OH Timothy J. Hofner Rescheduled for August 11, 2021 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
29 OH Cleveland Jackson Reprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on March 7, 2019 and execution rescheduled for November 13, 2019.+
30 AL Christopher Lee Price Pending
MAY 2019 8 executions scheduled in 6 states 3 executions; 1 execution stayed; 1 execution rescheduled; 1 execution halted by reprieve; 2 warrants pending
June
5 OH Alva Campbell Died on March 3, 2018.
7 GA Tiffany Moss Trial court issued legally premature death warrant scheduling execution for week between June 7–June 14. The execution date will be stayed as a matter of law when Moss's lawyers file a notice of appeal initiating the direct appeal process.
JUNE 2019 2 executions scheduled in 2 states 1 execution rendered moot when the prisoner died on death row; 1 legally premature death warrant pending
July
10 OH Kareen M. Jackson Reprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on March 7, 2019 and execution rescheduled for January 16, 2020.+
31 TX Ruben Gutierrez Pending
JULY 2019 2 executions scheduled in 2 states 1 execution halted by reprieve
August
14 OH Gregory Lott Reprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on March 7, 2019 and execution rescheduled for March 12, 2020.+
15 TN Stephen Michael West Pending
21 TX Larry Swearingen Pending
AUGUST 2019 3 executions scheduled in 3 states 1 execution halted by reprieve; 2 warrants pending
September
4 TX Billy Jack Crutsinger Pending
10 TX Mark Soliz Pending
12 OH Warren Keith Henness Pending*
18 OH Douglas Coley Rescheduled for August 12, 2020 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
SEPTEMBER 2019 3 executions scheduled in 2 state 1 execution rescheduled; 2 warrants pending*
October
2 TX Stephen Barbee Pending
10 TN Charles Walton Wright Died on May 17, 2019.
17 OH James Frazier Rescheduled for October 20, 2021 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^
17 OH Angelo Fears Pending*
23 OH Jason Dean Date removed.
OCTOBER 2019 5 executions scheduled in 3 states 1 execution date removed; 1 execution rescheduled; 1 execution rendered moot when the prisoner died on death row; 2 warrants pending*
November
13 OH Cleveland Jackson Pending*
NOVEMBER 2019 1 execution scheduled in 1 state 1 warrant pending*
December
5 TN Lee Hall, Jr. Pending
11 OH James Hanna Pending*
DECEMBER 2018 2 executions scheduled in 2 states 2 executions pending*

* On February 19, 2019, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine stated that the state would not carry out any executions until it devised a new execution protocol that was approved by the courts. However, he did not formally halt the executions scheduled in the state.

^ On September 1, 2017, Ohio Governor John 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.

+ One of three reprieves Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued on March 7, 2019 as a result of the absence of an acceptable lethal-injection protocol.

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


2019 Death Warrant Outcomes Nationally, by Month
Month Scheduled Executions Executions Stayed by Courts Commutations Reprieves Failed Executions / Died on Death Row Execution Date Rescheduled / Removed Pending
January 3 1 1 0 0 0 1  
February 4 2 0 0 1 0 1  
March 3 0 2 0 0 0 1  
April 4 1 3 0 0 0 0  
May 8 3 1 0 1 0 1 2
June 2   0 0 0 1 0 1
July 2   0 0 1 0 0 1
August 3   0 0 1 0 0 2
September 4   0 0 0 0 1 3
October 5   0 0 0 1 2 2
November 1   0 0 0 0 0 1
December 2   0 0 0 0 0 2
Total 41 7 6 0 4 2 7 14

 

2019 Death Warrant Outcomes by State
State Scheduled Executions Executions Stayed by Courts Commutations Reprieves Failed Executions / Died on Death Row Execution Date Rescheduled / Removed Pending
Ohio 17 0 1 0 4 1 7 4
Texas 12 3 4 0 0 0 0 5
Alabama 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
Tennessee 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
Florida 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Georgia 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Pennsylvania 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 41 7 6 0 4 2 7 14

Return to Executions. See also Stays of Execution for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. To compare the number of executions carried out with the number of executions actually scheduled, see Outcomes of Death Warrants in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.