Stays and Executions in 2014

Date of Scheduled ExecutionStateInmateOutcome

January

7

FL

Askari Muhammad

Executed.

9

OK

Michael Wilson

Executed.

15

TX

Rigoberto Avila

Stayed to allow time for appeals.

15

TN

Billy Irick

Stayed to allow time to challenge Tennessee’s new one-drug lethal injection protocol. Rescheduled for Oct. 7, 2014.

16

OH

Dennis McGuire

Executed. McGuire took 26 minutes to die in this botched execution.

22

TX

Edgar Tamayo

Executed.

23

OK

Kenneth Hogan

Executed.

28

PA

Robert Rega

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on December 17, 2013 to permit Rega to pursue habeas corpus appeals available to all defendants as a matter of federal law.

29

PA

Laquaille Bryant

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on December 17, 2013 to permit Bryant to pursue post-conviction appeals available to all defendants as a matter of state law.

29

MO

Herbert Smulls

Executed. Temporarily stayed by the Supreme Court. Stay lifted by Supreme Court without explanation on 1/29 and Smulls was executed.

February

4

DE

Gary Ploof

Stay granted pending resolution of a federal habeas corpus appeal filed earlier this year.

5

LA

Christopher Sepulvado

Stayed 90 days to allow time to determine whether Louisiana’s switch to a 2-drug lethal injection protocol could violate Sepulvado’s constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.

5

TX

Suzanne Basso

Executed.

12

FL

Juan Chavez

Executed.

26

MO

Michael Taylor

Executed.

26

FL

Paul Howell

Executed.

March

13

PA

Donte Thomas

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on February 6, 2014 to permit Thomas to pursue state post-conviction appeals available to all defendants as a matter of state law.

19

OH

Gregory Lott

Stay granted to allow time to review lethal injection procedures.

19

TX

Ray Jasper

Executed.

20

FL

Robert Henry

Executed.

22

OK

Clayton Lockett

Stayed until April 22 to allow time to find a supply of lethal injection drugs.

26

MS

Charles Crawford

Stay granted as execution date had not been affirmed by state court.

26

MO

Jeffrey Ferguson

Executed.

27

OK

Charles Warner

Stayed until April 29 to allow time to find a supply of lethal injection drugs.

27

MS

Michelle Byrom

Stay granted as execution date had not been affirmed by state court. The Mississippi Supreme Court subsequently overturned Michelle Byrom’s murder conviction and death sentence for numerous constitutional violations, including inadequate representation, critical evidence not presented to the jury, confessions by another defendant, and the prosecution’s lack of confidence in its own story of what actually happened. Byrom later pled guilty to lesser charges to avoid a retrial and was released.

27

TX

Anthony Doyle

Executed.

April

3

TX

Tommy Sells

Executed. Stay of execution initially granted by federal district court, which ruled that Texas’ failure to disclose details about the drugs it intends to use for executions violated Sells’ constitutional rights. The decision was reversed and the stay lifted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

9

TX

Ramiro Hernandes

Executed. Stay of execution initially granted by federal district court, which ruled that Texas’ failure to disclose details about the drugs it intends to use for executions violated Sells’ constitutional rights. The decision was reversed and the stay lifted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

16

PA

Stephen Edmiston

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on February 25, 2014 to prevent execution before Edmiston could obtain federal habeas corpus review of his conviction and sentence to which he was entitled as a matter of law.

16

TX

Jose Villegas

Executed.

22

TN

Nickolaus Johnson

Stay of execution granted. Granted post-conviction relief.

22

OK

Clayton Lockett

The Oklahoma Supreme Court stayed the execution to allow time to hold a hearing on Lockett’s lawsuit over the state’s secrecy surrounding its lethal injection drugs. Update - stay was lifted and execution was rescheduled for April 29.

23

MO

William Rousan

Executed.

23

FL

Robert Hendrix

Executed.

29

OK

Clayton Lockett

Executed. Update - 43 minutes into botched execution, Lockett died from a heart attack.

29

OK

Charles Warner

The Oklahoma Supreme Court stayed the execution to allow time to hold a hearing on Warner’s lawsuit over the state’s secrecy surrounding its lethal injection drugs. Update - stay was lifted. Update - execution was stayed for two weeks due to problems with Lockett’s execution, further stay likely. Update - execution was stayed by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals until November 13 to allow time for the ongoing investigation into the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.

May

13

TX

Robert Campbell

Stay granted by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on May 13, 2014 to consider claim of intellectual disability.

21

TX

Robert Pruett

Stay granted to allow more time for appeals.

21

MO

Russell Bucklew

Stay granted by U.S. Supreme Court pending the outcome of an appeal before the 8th Circuit.

29

TX

Edgardo Cubas

Stayed indefinitely to evaluate mental competency.

June

17

GA

Marcus Wellons

Executed.

18

MO

John Winfield

Executed. Stayed on June 12 because of state interference with the clemency process. However, the stay was lifted and Winfield was executed on June 18.

18

PA

Lewis Jordan

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on May 5, 2014 to permit Jordan to pursue state post-conviction appeals to which all Pennsylvania prisoners are entitled as a matter of law.

18

FL

John Henry

Executed.

July

2

OH

Ronald Phillips

Stay granted as a result of court order blocking all Ohio executions until August 15. UPDATE - rescheduled to Sept. 18. UPDATE - rescheduled to February 11, 2015

10

GA

Tommy Waldrip

Commuted to a sentence of life without parole by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.

10

FL

Eddie Davis

Executed.

16

MO

John Middleton

Executed. Intially stayed to allow time to examine claims of mental illness. The stay was subsequently lifted and Middleton was executed on July 16.

23

AZ

Joseph Wood

Executed. Stayed pending state’s release of execution information. UPDATE: Stay lifted by US Supreme Ct. on July 22. Execution botched - took nearly two hours before Wood died.

August

6

OH

William Montgomery

Stay granted as a result of court order blocking all Ohio executions until January 15, 2015. New Date Set

6

TX

Manuel Vasquez

Stay granted to permit filing of clemency petition and adjudication of final appeal.

6

MO

Michael Worthington

Executed.

10

MO

Leon Taylor

No reason given. Attorneys asked for more time for an appeal.

20

PA

Patrick Stollar

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on July 1, 2014 to permit Stollar to pursue state post-conviction appeals to which all Pennsylvania prisoners are entitled as a matter of law.

21

PA

Glenn Lyons

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on July 8, 2014 to permit Lyons to pursue state and federal post-conviction appeals to which all Pennsylvania prisoners are entitled as a matter of law.

September

10

MO

Earl Ringo

Executed.

10

TX

Wiliie Trottie

Executed.

17

TX

Lisa Coleman

Executed.

18

OH

Ronald Phillips

Stay granted as a result of court order blocking all Ohio executions until January 15, 2015. New Date Set.

22

PA

Hubert Michael

Stay granted by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on August 15, 2014 to allow more time for a federal judicial review. Reprieve issued by Governor Tom Corbett on September 12, 2014 because of a lack of execution drugs. The Third Circuit granted a second stay on October 23, 2014 to provide the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections more time “to complete the acquisition of injection agents as mandated by statute.”

October

7

TN

Billy Irick

Stayed to allow more time for appeals regarding the lethal injection protocol.

14

PA

Michael Parrish

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas on September 4, 2014 to permit Parrish to pursue state post-conviction appeals to which all Pennsylvania prisoners are entitled as a matter of law.

15

OH

Raymond Tibbetts

Stay granted as a result of court order blocking all Ohio executions until January 15, 2015. New Date Set.

15

TX

Larry Hatten

Stayed to allow time for a previous appeal to be decided.

28

TX

Miguel Parades

Executed.

29

MO

Mark Christeson

Stay granted by U.S. Supreme Court to consider petition regarding quality of representation during appeals.

November

13

OK

Charles Warner

Stayed to allow the state to obtain drugs and train staff on new protocols. (Update: New Date Set)

13

PA

Miguel Padilla

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on October 3, 2014 to permit Padilla to pursue state and federal post-conviction appeals to which all Pennsylvania prisoners are entitled as a matter of law.

13

FL

Chadwick Banks

Executed.

19

OH

Gregory Lott

Stay granted as a result of court order blocking all Ohio executions until January 15, 2015. New Date Set.

19

MO

Leon Taylor

Executed.

20

OK

Richard Glossip

Stayed to allow the state to obtain drugs and train staff on new protocols. (Update: New Date Set)

26

IN

William Gibson

Stayed to allow more time for appeals.

December

2

PA

Michael Ballard

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas on November 18, 2014 pending the outcome of a legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s lethal injection methods.

3

PA

Richard Baumhammers

Legally premature death warrant. Stay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on October 7, 2014 to permit Baumhammers to pursue federal habeas corpus appeals to which all prisoners are entitled as a matter of law.

3

TX

Scott Panetti

Stayed to allow time to review recently filed appeals.

4

DE

James Cooke

Stayed to allow more time for appeals.

4

OK

John Grant

Stayed to allow the state to obtain drugs and train staff on new protocols. (Update: New Date Set)

4

PA

Robert Flor

Legally premature death warrant. Stayed by the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas on October 31, 2014 to permit Flor to pursue state post-conviction appeals to which all Pennsylvania prisoners are entitled as a matter of law.

9

TN

Ed Zagorski

Stayed to allow time for appeals regarding Tennessee’s execution methods.

9

GA

Robert Holsey

Executed.

10

MO

Paul Goodwin

Executed.

11

TX

Robert Ladd

Stayed due to an issue with the warrant.

*On September 8, 2014, the Ohio State Department of Rehabilitation Corrections revised its execution schedule for all death sentences previously scheduled from March 2014 and beyond. This was done in order to comply with the August 6, 2014 Federal Court ruling that no executions could be carried out until at least January 2015. The court imposed this moratorium in order to compel a review of Ohio’s lethal injection protocol.