Executions and Stays 2020

(Last updated January 17, 2020)
36 execution dates have been scheduled by 4 states and the Federal Government for 2020.
To date, there has been 1 execution in 1 state.
5 executions have been stayed.*
1 executions has been halted by commutation.
5 executions have been halted by reprieve.
4 warrants have been withdrawn/removed.
20 death warrants are pending.^

* Does not include cases with stays of execution or preliminary injunctions that are currently under appeal or are still subject to appeal.
^ Includes cases with stays of execution that are under appeal or are still subject to appeal.


Date of Scheduled ExecutionStatePrisonerOutcome
January
13FederalAlfred BourgeoisPreliminary 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.
15FederalDustin Lee HonkenPreliminary 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.
15
OH
George Brinkman
Legally 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.†
15OHDenny ObermillerDate removed.†
15TXJohn GardnerExecuted
16OHKareem JacksonReprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on October 30, 2019 and execution rescheduled for September 16, 2020.†
16GAJimmy MedersCommuted to life without parole by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on January 16, 2020.
29GADonnie Cleveland LancePending
JANUARY 20208 executions scheduled by 3 states and the Federal Government1 execution; 3 death warrants stayed or enjoined; 1 death sentence commuted; 1 execution halted by reprieve; 1 death warrant date removed; 1 warrant pending
February
06
TXAbel OchoaPending
12OHLawrence LandrumReprieve granted by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017 and execution rescheduled for December 9, 2021.†
12OHMelvin Bonnell

Reprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on December 20, 2019 and execution rescheduled for March 18, 2021.

20
TNNicholas Todd SuttonPending
FEBRUARY 20204 executions scheduled by 3 states2 executions halted by reprieve; 2 warrants pending
March
11OHAnthony BeltonDate removed.†
11TXCarlos TrevinoPending
12OHGregory LottPending†
18TXJohn HummelPending
25TXTracy Lane BeattyPending
MARCH 20205 executions scheduled by 3 states1 death warrant date removed; 4 warrants pending
April
9TNAbu-Ali Abdur’ RahmanStay granted by Tennessee Supreme Court on December 11, 2019 to determine whether Attorney General has standing to appeal August 30, 2019 trial court acceptance of plea agreement resentencing Abdur’Rahman to life in prison on August 30, 2019.
16OHStanley T. AdamsReprieve granted by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017 and execution rescheduled for February 16, 2022 .†
16OHJohn StumpfPending†
23TXFabian HernandezPending
29TXBilly WardlowPending
APRIL 20205 executions scheduled by 3 states1 execution halted by reprieve; 1 death warrant stayed; 3 warrants pending
May
13TXRandall MaysPending
13OHCaron MontgomeryDate removed.†
14OHWarren Keith Henness

Pending†

MAY 20203 executions scheduled in 2 states

1 death warrant date removed; 2 warrants pending

June
4TNOscar Franklin SmithPending
17OHRomell BroomPending†
JUNE 20202 executions scheduled in 2 state2 warrants pending
July
15OHNathaniel JacksonDate removed.†
16OHJohn HannaPending†
JULY 20202 executions scheduled in 1 state1 death warrant date removed; 1 warrant pending
August
4TNHarold Wayne NicholsPending
12OHDouglas ColeyPending†
AUGUST 20202 executions scheduled by 2 states2 warrants pending
September
16
OHKareem JacksonPending†
17OHJohn DrummondReprieve granted by Gov. John Kasich on September 1, 2017 and execution rescheduled for April 21, 2022.†
SEPTEMBER 20202 executions scheduled in 1 state1 execution halted by reprieve; 1 warrant pending
October
14OHStanley Fitzpatrick

Pending†

OCTOBER 20201 execution scheduled in 1 state1 warrant pending
November
18OHAnthony SowellLegally 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.†

November 2020

1 execution scheduled in 1 state1 death warrant stayed
December
9OHDavid Sneed

Pending†

DECEMBER 20201 execution scheduled in 1 state1 warrant 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.

2020 Death Warrant Outcomes Nationally, by Month
MonthScheduled
Executions
ExecutionsStayed by Courts*CommutationsReprievesDied on
Death Row
RescheduledDate Removed or
Warrant Withdrawn
Pending
January

8

1

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

February

4

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

March

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4
April

5

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

3

May

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2
June200000002
July200000011
August200000002
September20001

0

001
October10

0

000001
November

1

0100000

0

December1000

0

000

1

Total

36

1

5

1

5

00

4

20
2020 Death Warrant Outcomes by State
StateScheduled
Executions
ExecutionsStayed by Courts*CommutationsReprievesDied on
Death Row
RescheduledDate Removed or
Warrant Withdrawn
Pending
Ohio200

2

0

5

004

9

Texas

8

1

000000

7

Tennessee

4

0

1

0000

0

3

Federal Government20

2

0000

0

0

Georgia200100001
TOTALS

36

1

5

1

5

0

0

4

20