Sentencing Data

2012 Death Sentences by Name, Race, and County

78* new death sentences were imposed across the United States in 2012, marking what was then the second fewest death sentences imposed in any year since the Supreme Court overturned all of the country’s death-penalty statutes in Furman v. Georgia in 1972. It was the second consecutive year in which new death sentences fell below 100, following 37 consecutive years of 114 or more.

* NOTE: This page was updated on December 10, 2013 to reflect that Bryan Hall in Nevada was formally sentenced to death in 2013, not 2012. It was updated again on July 11­­­, 2019 to reflect that a death sentence imposed on Raymond Oscar Butler in California in 2012 that we initially classified as a capital resentencing was actually a new death sentence.


Defendants Sentenced to Death in 2012

First NameLast NameStateCountyRace

Marqueze

Smith

AL

Morgan

B

Jessie

Phillips

AL

Marshall

B

Clayton

Shanklin

AL

Walker

B

Taurus

Carroll

AL

St. Clair

B

Gregory Lance

Henderson

AL

Lee

W

Derek Tyler

Horton

AL

Mobile

W

Jerry D.

Lard

AR

Greene

W

Michael

Carlson

AZ

Pima

W

Andre

Leteve

AZ

Maricopa

W

Jawaun Deion

Graham

CA

Riverside

B

Sherhaun Kerod

Brown

CA

San Bernardino

B

Michael

Hughes

CA

Los Angeles

B

Earl Ellis

Green

CA

Riverside

B

Ryan

Moore

CA

Los Angeles

B

Latece Megale

Brown

CA

Los Angeles

B

RaymondButlerCALos AngelesL

Marco Antonio

Topete

CA

Yolo

L

Eusibio

Fierros, Jr.

CA

Riverside

L

Gabriel

Ronquillo

CA

Los Angeles

L

Pedro

Espinoza

CA

Los Angeles

L

Manling

Williams*

CA

Los Angeles

A

David

Mills

CA

Alameda

B

Michael

Barbar

CA

Riverside

O

Joshua

Komisarjevsky

CT

New Haven

W

Isaiah

McCoy

DE

Kent

B

Azibo

Aquart

Federal

Fed. Dist. of Connecticut

B

Billy Jim

Sheppard, Jr.

FL

Duval

B

Terrance

Phillips

FL

Duval

B

Terence Tabius

Oliver

FL

Brevard

B

Arthur

Martin

FL

Duval

B

Robert

McCloud

FL

Polk

B

Tina

Brown*

FL

Escambia

B

Marvin

Cannon

FL

Gadsden

B

Leon

Davis Jr.

FL

Polk

B

Humberto

Delgado, Jr.

FL

Hillsborough

L

Thomas

McCoy

FL

Walton

W

Bill

Marquart

FL

Sumter

W

John

Kalisz

FL

Hernando

W

Gregory

Larkin

FL

Nassau

W

David

Sparre

FL

Duval

W

Carl

Dausch

FL

Sumter

W

Johnny Mack Sketo

Calhoun

FL

Holmes

W

Patrick

Evans

FL

Pinellas

W

Timothy Wayne

Fletcher

FL

Putnam

W

Dale

Middleton

FL

Okeechobee

W

Robert

Hobart

FL

Santa Rosa

W

William Roger

Davis III

FL

Seminole

W

James

Robertson

FL

Charlotte

W

Rodney

Young

GA

Newton

B

Pablo Fernando

Maldonado

GA

Newton

L

Robert

McCoy

LA

Bossier Parish

B

Chris

Collings

MO

Phelps

W

David

Dickerson

MS

Copiah

W

David Neal

Cox, Sr.

MS

Union

W

William

Keck

NV

Clark

W

Julius

Bradford

NV

Clark

B

Anthony

Belton

OH

Lucas

B

Caron E.

Montgomery

OH

Franklin

B

Joseph L.

Thomas

OH

Lake

W

Shaun

Bosse

OK

McClain

W

Derrick

White

PA

Philadelphia

B

Jakeem

Towles

PA

Lancaster

B

Melvin

Knight

PA

Westmoreland

B

George

Hitcho, Jr.

PA

Northampton

W

Michael

Parrish

PA

Monroe

W

Christopher

Johnson

PA

Adams

W

Laquanta

Chapman

PA

Chester

B

Rodney

Berget

SD

Minnehaha

W

Rickey

Bell

TN

Tipton

B

Kwame

Rockwell

TX

Tarrant

B

Stanley Lamar

Griffin

TX

Brazos

B

Roderick

Harris

TX

Dallas

B

Terence Tramaine

Andrus

TX

Ft. Bend

B

Tyrone

Cade

TX

Dallas

B

Steven

Nelson

TX

Tarrant

B

Ricky Donnell

Cummings

TX

Mclennan

B

Mark Anthony

Soliz

TX

Johnson

L

Kimberly

Cargill*

TX Smith W

B = Black, W = White, L = Latino, A = Asian, O = Other
*Female (3)

Sources: State correctional departments, media reports, and “Death Row, USA”.


Counties With the Most Death Sentences in 2012

CountyNumber of Sentences

Los Angeles County, California

7

Duval County, Florida

4

Riverside County, California

4

Clark County, Nevada

2

Dallas County, Texas

2

Newton County, Georgia

2

Polk County, Florida

2

Sumter County, Florida

2

Tarrant County, Texas

2


States With the Most Death Sentences in 2012

StateNumber of Sentences

Florida

22

California

14

Texas

9

Pennsylvania

7

Alabama

6

Ohio

3

Nevada

2

Arizona

2

Georgia

2

Mississippi

2

An additional 8 states had one death sentence each. In all, 18 states imposed death sentences, out of 33 states with the death penalty.


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