Death Penalty News and Developments for November 18 — November 242019

Outcomes of 2019 Death Warrants (through Nov. 24)

NEWS—November 24: Six states set a total of 8 execution dates for November 2019. Three death warrants were carried out—Charles Rhines (South Dakota), Justen Hall (Texas), and Ray Cromartie (Georgia); 4 warrants were stayed; and one execution was halted by reprieve. Through November 24, 11 states and the federal government have scheduled 65 execution dates for 2019. There have been 20 executions, with four potential executions still pending. The map above shows where executions have been scheduled in 2019 and the status of those warrants. The table below shows the outcomes of warrants by state so far in 2019.

NEWS—November 19: The United States Supreme Court has denied a petition filed by the Utah Attorney General asking the Court to review the federal appeal proceedings in the case of death-row prisoner Troy Kell. Utah prosecutors complained that the appeals process was taking too long after a Utah federal district court stayed Kell’s federal habeas corpus proceedings with directions that Kell present a newly developed constitutional claim to the state court before his federal petition is adjudicated. Kell’s lawyers argued that the delay was caused by the prosecutors’ refusal to waive a requirement that his claim be presented to the state court before the federal court could review it. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit had previously rejected the prosecutors’ attempt to force the district court to dismiss the new claim and decide his habeas petition without it.