Executions

Upcoming Executions

Last updated on December 6, 2019

(Dates are subject to change as a result of stays and appeals.)


Executions Scheduled for 2019

MonthStatePrisoner
November
3SDCharles Rhines EXECUTED
6TXJusten Hall EXECUTED
7FLJames Dailey STAYED

13

OH

Cleveland Jackson — REPRIEVED

13

GARay Jefferson Cromartie EXECUTED
13TXPatrick Murphy STAYED
20TXRodney Reed — STAYED
30SCTim Jones, Jr.legally premature warrant — STAYED
December

5

TN

Lee Hall Jr. EXECUTED

9

Federal

Daniel Lewis Lee PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION GRANTED; STAYED

11OHJames Hanna REPRIEVED
11FederalLezmond Mitchell STAYED
11TXTravis Runnels
13FederalWesley Ira Purkey PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION GRANTED
13PA

Jakeem Towles legally premature warrant — STAYED

* Governor Mike DeWine has indicated that Ohio will not carry out any of the scheduled executions until it devises a new execution protocol that is approved by the courts.

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


Executions Scheduled for 2020

Month State Prisoner
January
13FederalAlfred Bourgeois PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION GRANTED
15FederalDustin Lee Honken PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION GRANTED
15 OH Denny Obermiller — DATE REMOVED
15OHGeorge Brinkman - Legally Premature Warrant - STAYED
15TXJohn Gardner
16OHKareem Jackson REPRIEVED
February

06

TXAbel Ochoa
12 OH Lawrence Landrum — REPRIEVED
12 OH Melvin Bonnell
20TNNicholas Todd Sutton
March
11 OH Anthony Belton — DATE REMOVED
11TXCarlos Trevino
12OHGregory Lott

18

TXJohn Hummel
25TXTracy Lane Beatty
April
9TNAbu-Ali Abdur’ Rahman - RESENTENCED TO LIFE
16 OH Stanley T. Adams REPRIEVED
16 OH John Stumpf

29

TXBilly Wardlow
May

13

TXRandall Mays
13 OH Caron Montgomery — DATE REMOVED
14OHWarren Keith Henness
June
17 OH Romell Broom
July
15 OH Nathaniel Jackson — DATE REMOVED
16OHJohn Hanna
August
12 OH Douglas Coley
September
16OHKareem Jackson
17 OH John Drummond — REPRIEVED
October
14 OH Stanley Fitzpatrick
November
18 OH Anthony Sowell — Legally Premature Warrant - STAYED
December
9 OH David Sneed

Executions Scheduled for 2021

Month State Prisoner
January
13OHCleveland Jackson
20 OH Dawud E. Spaulding — Legally Premature Warrant - STAYED
February
18 OH James O’Neal
March
24 OH Steven E. Cepec — DATE REMOVED
April
21 OH Elwood Jones
June
23 OH Archie Dixon
August
11 OH Timothy Hoffner
October
20 OH James Frazier
December
9 OH Lawrence Landrum

Executions Scheduled for 2022

Month State Prisoner
February
16 OH Stanley Adams
April
21 OH John Drummond
June
22 OH Percy Hutton
July
20 OH Austin Myers - DATE REMOVED
August
24 OH Cedric Carter
September
14OHJames Tench

Executions Scheduled for 2023

Month State Prisoner
January
12 OH Antonio Franklin

Stays of Execution 2019

Date of Scheduled ExecutionStatePrisonerReason for Stay
January

9

OH

Elwood 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.”

February

13

OH

James Hanna

Rescheduled for December 19, 2019 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^

13

OH

Warren Keith Henness

Reprieve granted on January 25, 2019 by Gov. Mike DeWine, and execution rescheduled for September 12, 2019.

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 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.”

April

11

TX

Mark 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.”

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.

29

OH

Timothy Hoffner

Rescheduled for August 11, 2021 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^

29OHCleveland JacksonReprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on March 7, 2019 and execution rescheduled for November 13, 2019.+
June

5

OH

Alva Campbell

Died on March 3, 2018

7

GA

Tiffany Moss

Legally premature death warrant was stayed as a matter of law when Moss’ lawyers filed a motion for new trial in the trial court.

July

10

OH

Kareen M. Jackson

Reprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on March 7, 2019 and execution rescheduled for January 16, 2020.+

16PAWilliam RiveraLegally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on June 6, 2019 to permit Rivera to pursue federal habeas corpus review to which all state prisoners are entitled as a matter of law.
31TXRuben GutierrezWarrant withdrawn. New death warrant issued rescheduling execution for October 30, 2019.
August

14

OH

Gregory Lott

Reprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on March 7, 2019 and execution rescheduled for March 12, 2020.+

15TXDexter JohnsonStay granted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on August 14, 2019.
19LAJason ReevesLegally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the U.S. District Court in Louisiana on August 9, 2019 to permit Reeves to pursue federal habeas corpus review to which all state prisoners are entitled as a matter of law.
September
12OHWarren Keith HennessRescheduled for May 14, 2020 by Gov. Mike DeWine on July 31, 2019.

18

OH

Douglas Coley

Rescheduled for August 12, 2020 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^

October
2TXStephen BarbeeStay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on September 23, 2019 to determine whether to apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in McCoy v. Louisiana to Barbee’s case.
10TNCharles WrightDied on May 17, 2019.
10TXRandy HalprinStay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on October 4, 2019 and case remanded to the trial court to address Halprin’s claim of judicial bias in his case.
16TXRandall MaysWarrant withdrawn on October 3, 2019 by the Henderson County District Court “to permit the Court time to properly review all medical records submitted” to determine Mays’ competency to be executed.

17

OH

James Frazier

Rescheduled for October 20, 2021 by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017.^

17OHAngelo FearsResentenced to life without parole on May 22, 2019, by agreement between the defense and prosecutors. Warrant vacated on June 24, 2019 by Ohio Supreme Court.
23OHJason DeanDate removed.
30TXRuben GutierrezStay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on October 22, 2019 based on defects in the issuance and service of the death warrant.
30GARay Jefferson CromartieStay granted by the Georgia Supreme Court to afford the court time to address issues raised in an already pending appeal.
November
7FLJames DaileyStay granted on October 23, 2019 by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida until December 30, 2019 to provide newly appointed habeas corpus counsel time to investigate and present potential claims for relief.
13OHCleveland JacksonReprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on September 20, 2019 and execution rescheduled for January 13, 2021.
13TXPatrick MurphyStay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on November 7, 2019 to permit full review of claim that Texas denies non-Christians equal access to religious advisors during execution process. Stay upheld on November 12 by a split panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
20TXRodney ReedStay granted on November 15, 2019 by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals with directions that the trial court review Reed’s claims that “the State
suppressed exculpatory evidence in violation of Brady v. Maryland”; “the State presented false testimony in violation of due process”; and that Reed “is actually innocent.”
30SCTimothy Jones, Jr.Legally premature warrant. Execution stayed by operation of law in June 2019 by Rule 246 of the South Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure when Jones’ lawyers filed a notice of intent to appeal his conviction and sentence.
December
9FederalDaniel Lee

Preliminary injunction granted on November 21, 2019 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia based on a determination that the federal execution protocol announced in July 2019 violates the federal death penalty statute. Motion to vacate injunction denied on December 2 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Application to vacate injunction denied on December 6 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Stay granted on December 5, 2019 by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to permit litigation of a claim that federal prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence and presented false argument exaggerating Lee’s involvement in a prior murder.

11FederalLezmond Mitchell

Stay granted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on October 4, 2019 pending resolution of an appeal for which a certificate of appealability had already been granted prior to the issuance of the death warrant.

11OHJohn HannaReprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on October 30, 2019 and execution rescheduled for July 16, 2020.
13FederalWesley Purkey

Preliminary injunction granted on November 21, 2019 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia based on a determination that the federal execution protocol announced in July 2019 violates the federal death penalty statute. Motion to vacate injunction denied on December 2 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Application to vacate injunction denied on December 6 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

13PAJakeem TowlesLegally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on November 15, 2019 to permit Towles to pursue federal habeas corpus review to which all state prisoners are entitled as a matter of law.

* 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).


Stays of Execution 2020

Date of Scheduled Execution State Prisoner Reason for Stay
January
13FederalAlfred Bourgeois

Preliminary injunction granted on November 21, 2019 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia based on a determination that the federal execution protocol announced in July 2019 violates the federal death penalty statute. Motion to vacate injunction denied on December 2 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Application to vacate injunction denied on December 6 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

15OHDenny ObermillerDate removed.
15

OH

George BrinkmanLegally premature warrant. Stay granted by the Ohio Supreme Court on October 9, 2019 to permit Brinkman to pursue appellate review of his conviction and death sentence that is guaranteed as a matter of Ohio law.
15FederalDustin Lee Honken

Preliminary injunction granted on November 21, 2019 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia based on a determination that the federal execution protocol announced in July 2019 violates the federal death penalty statute. Motion to vacate injunction denied on December 2 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Application to vacate injunction denied on December 6 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

16 OH Kareem Jackson Reprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on October 30, 2019 and execution rescheduled for September 16, 2020.
February
12 OH Lawrence Landrum Reprieve granted by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017 and execution rescheduled for December 9, 2021.^
March
11 OH Anthony Belton Date removed.
April
9TNAbu-Ali Abdur’ RahmanResentenced to life on August 30, 2019.
16 OH Stanley Adams Reprieve granted by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017 and execution rescheduled for February 16, 2022 .^
May
13 OH

Caron Montgomery

Date removed.

July
15 OH

Nathaniel Jackson

Date removed.
September
17 OH John Drummond Reprieve granted by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017 and execution rescheduled for April 21, 2022.^
November
17 OH

Anthony Sowell

Legally premature warrant. Stay granted by the Ohio Supreme Court on January 5, 2017 “pending disposition of available state remedies” to permit Sowell to pursue appellate and post-conviction review of his conviction and death sentence that is guaranteed as a matter of Ohio law.


Notes

* On February 10, 2017, Ohio’s 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 May 1, 2017, Ohio’s Governor Kasich issued another statement revising the 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.

^^ On October 19, 2015, the Ohio Department of Corrections issued a statement that Governor Kasich granted reprieves postponing all executions that the state had scheduled through 2017. 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 Governor 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 prisoners who have voluntarily waived their normal appeals (not necessarily that they have volunteered for execution).