Executions and Stays 2020

(Last updated April 1, 2020)
45 execution dates have been scheduled by 7 states and the Federal Government for 2020.
To date, there have been 5 executions in 4 states.
9 executions have been stayed.*
1 execution has been halted by commutation.
8 executions have been halted by reprieve.
5 warrants have been withdrawn/removed/rescheduled.
17 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 Lance

Executed

JANUARY 20208 executions scheduled by 3 states and the Federal Government2 executions; 3 death warrants stayed or enjoined; 1 death sentence commuted; 1 execution halted by reprieve; 1 death warrant date removed.
February
6
TXAbel Ochoa

Executed

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 SuttonExecuted
FEBRUARY 20204 executions scheduled by 3 states2 executions; 2 executions halted by reprieves
March
5ALNathaniel WoodsExecuted
11OHAnthony BeltonDate removed.†
11TXCarlos TrevinoRescheduled for June 3, 2020
12OHGregory Lott

Reprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on January 31, 2020 and execution rescheduled for May 27, 2021.

13PAJordan Clemons

Legally premature warrant. Stay granted by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on February 11, 2020 to permit Clemons to pursue habeas corpus review of his conviction and death sentence that is guaranteed as a matter of federal law.

18TXJohn Hummel

60-day stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on March 16, 2020 “in light of the current health crisis and the enormous resources needed to address that emergency.”

25TXTracy Lane Beatty

60-day stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on March 19, 2020 “in light of the current health crisis and the enormous resources needed to address that emergency.”

MARCH 20207 executions scheduled by 4 states1 execution; 3 death warrants stayed; 1 execution halted by reprieve; 2 execution dates removed or rescheduled
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 Stumpf

Reprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on January 31, 2020 and execution rescheduled for September 15, 2021.

23TXFabian Hernandez

60-day stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on April 1, 2020 based on defense motion invoking coronavirus health crisis.

29TXBilly WardlowPending
APRIL 20205 executions scheduled by 3 states2 executions halted by reprieve; 2 death warrants stayed; 1 warrant pending
May
6TXEdward BusbyPending
13TXRandall MaysPending
13OHCaron MontgomeryDate removed.†
14OHWarren Keith Henness

Reprieve granted by Gov. Mike DeWine on January 31, 2020 and execution rescheduled for January 12, 2022.

19MOWalter BartonPending
MAY 20205 executions scheduled in 3 states

1 execution halted by reprieve; 1 death warrant date removed; 3 warrants pending

June

3

TXCarlos TrevinoPending
4TNOscar Franklin SmithPending
16TXRuben GutierrezPending
17OHRomell BroomPending†
JUNE 20204 executions scheduled in 3 states4 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
9TXJohn RamirezPending
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; 2 warrants pending
October
8TNByron BlackPending
14OHStanley Fitzpatrick

Pending†

OCTOBER 20202 executions scheduled in 2 states2 warrants 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
3TNPervis PaynePending
9OHDavid Sneed

Pending†

DECEMBER 20202 executions scheduled in 2 states2 warrants 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

2

3

1

1

0

0

1

February

4

2

0

0

2

0

0

0

March

7

1

3

0

1

0

1

1

0

April

5

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

May

5

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

3
June

4

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4

July200000011
August200000002
September

3

0001

0

00

2

October20

0

000002
November

1

0100000

0

December2000

0

000

2

Total

45

5

9

1

8

0

1

4

17

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

2

0

8

004

6

Texas

12

2

3000

1

0

6

Tennessee

6

1

1

0000

0

4

Georgia21

0

1000

0

0

Federal Government2

0

200000

0

Alabama110000000
Missouri100000001
Pennsylvania101000000
TOTALS

45

5

9

1

8

0

1

4

17