Outcomes of Death Warrants in 2017


Executions and Stays 2017


Last Updated June 14, 2017

Date of Scheduled Execution State Inmate Outcome
January
11 OH Anthony Kirkland Stay granted by Ohio Supreme Court on October 16, 2014 "pending disposition of available state remedies .... It is further ordered that this stay shall remain in effect until exhaustion of all state post-conviction proceedings, including any appeals."
11 TX Christopher Wilkins Executed.
12 OH James Hanna Reprieve granted by Gov. John Kasich because Ohio did not have execution drugs.^^
12 OH Ronald Phillips Stay granted by magistrate judge in U.S. District Court on December 19, 2016 to permit litigation of challenge to Ohio lethal injection protocol; on December 21, 2016, Gov. John Kasich then rescheduled execution for February 15, 2017.
18 VA Ricky Jovan Gray Executed.
23 OR Gary Haugen Reprieve in place. Former Gov. John Kitzhaber imposed a moratorium on all executions in Oregon, which Gov. Kate Brown kept in place. Gov. Brown has requested a report on the status of the death penalty and indicated the report will inform future policy decisions.
25 TX Kosoul Chanthakoummane Date rescheduled to July 19, 2017.
26 TX Terry Darnell Edwards Executed.
31 MO Mark Christeson Executed.
February
2 TX John Ramirez Stay granted by U.S. District Court on January 31, 2017 to permit new counsel to file a petition seeking clemency for Ramirez. On February 1, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied the Texas Attorney General's motion to vacate the District Court's stay order.
7 TX Tilon Lashon Carter Stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on February 3, 2017 on a 5-4 vote. The Court ruled that Texas had failed to timely serve the death warrant upon the Texas Office of Capital and Forensic Writs.
15 OH Ronald Phillips Stay granted by U.S. District Court magistrate judge on January 26, 2017 as part of preliminary injunction order declaring Ohio's execution protocol unconstitutional. Then rescheduled for May 10, 2017 by Gov. John Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
19 OH Ramond Tibbetts Stay granted by magistrate judge in U.S. District Court on December 19, 2016 to permit litigation of challenge to Ohio lethal injection protocol; on December 21, 2016, Gov. John Kasich then rescheduled execution for April 12, 2017.
March
2 PA Wayne Smith Stay granted January 25, 2017 by U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to provide Smith to vindicate his right to pursue state and federal post-conviction challenges to his conviction and sentence that are available to all criminal defendants.
3 PA Richard Poplawski Stay granted February 17, 2017 by the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas to provide Poplawski the opportunity to pursue state post-conviction challenges to his conviction and sentence that are available to all criminal defendants.
4 PA Aric Woodard Stay granted February 9, 2017 by the York County Court of Common Pleas to provide Woodard the opportunity to pursue state post-conviction challenges to his conviction and sentence that are available to all criminal defendants.
6 PA Patrick Haney Stay granted February 8, 2017 by U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to provide Haney the opportunity to pursue state and federal post-conviction challenges to his conviction and sentence that are available to all criminal defendants.
7 TX Rolando Ruiz Executed.
14 TX James Bigby Executed.
15 OH Gary Otte Stay granted by U.S. District Court magistrate judge on January 26, 2017 as part of preliminary injunction order declaring Ohio's execution protocol unconstitutional. Then rescheduled for June 13, 2017 by Gov. John Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
22 OH Jeremiah Jackson Stay granted by Ohio Supreme Court until exhaustion of all state post-conviction proceedings.
April
12 OH Ramond Tibbetts Stay granted by U.S. District Court magistrate judge on January 26, 2017 as part of preliminary injunction order declaring Ohio's execution protocol unconstitutional. Then rescheduled for July 26, 2017 by Gov. John Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
12 TX Paul Storey Stay granted by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. 
17 AR Bruce Ward Stay granted on April 14 by the Arkansas Supreme Court to permit counsel to litigate whether Ward is mentally competent to be executed. Temporary restraining order granted on April 14 by Pulaski County court in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company barring Arkansas from using vecuronium bromide in scheduled execution. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.
17 AR Don Davis Temporary restraining order granted on April 14 by Pulaski County court in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company barring Arkansas from using vecuronium bromide in scheduled execution. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.
20 AR Stacey Johnson

Temporary restraining order granted on April 14 by Pulaski County court in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company barring Arkansas from using vecuronium bromide in scheduled execution. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.

Stay issued April 19 by Arkansas Supreme Court to allow hearing on postconviction DNA testing.

20 AR Ledell Lee

Temporary restraining order granted on April 14 by Pulaski County court in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company barring Arkansas from using vecuronium bromide in scheduled execution. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.

Temporary restraining order granted on April 19 by 6th Judicial Court to prevent use of vecuronium bromide in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.

Executed.

24 AR Jack Jones

Temporary restraining order granted on April 14 by Pulaski County court in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company barring Arkansas from using vecuronium bromide in scheduled execution. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.

Temporary restraining order granted on April 19 by 6th Judicial Court to prevent use of vecuronium bromide in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.

Executed.

24 AR Marcel Williams

Temporary restraining order granted on April 14 by Pulaski County court in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company barring Arkansas from using vecuronium bromide in scheduled execution. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.

Temporary restraining order granted on April 19 by 6th Judicial Court to prevent use of vecuronium bromide in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.

Executed.

25 VA Ivan Teleguz April 20, Gov. Terry McAuliffe commuted the death sentence to life in prison, with no chance for parole.
27 AR Kenneth Williams

Temporary restraining order granted on April 14 by Pulaski County court in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company barring Arkansas from using vecuronium bromide in scheduled execution. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.

Temporary restraining order granted on April 19 by 6th Judicial Court to prevent use of vecuronium bromide in litigation brought by pharmaceutical company. Restraining order lifted by Arkansas Supreme Court.

Executed.

27 AR Jason McGehee

Preliminary inunction granted by U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas staying McGehee's execution until Arkansas Parole Board complies with 30-day period for public comment on its 6-1 recommendation for clemency and Gov. Asa Hutchinson decides whether to issue clemency. 

May
10 OH Alva Campbell, Jr. Rescheduled for September 13, 2017 by Gov. John Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
10 OH Ronald R. Phillips Rescheduled for July 26, 2017 by Gov. John Kasich on May 1, 2017.**
16 TX Tilon Carter Stay granted on May 12 by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to permit the court to consider claim that new evidence shows that Carter's conviction was a product of scientifically erroneous and false forensic testimony that the victim had been smothered. 
17 OH Donald Ketterer Stay granted by Ohio Supreme Court until exhaustion of all state post-conviction proceedings.
17 GA J.W. Ledford Jr. Executed
24 TX Juan Castillo Rescheduled for September 7, 2017.
26 AL Thomas Arthur Executed. Scheduled for May 25, 2017, a temporary stay of execution was granted by Circuit Justice Clarence Thomas so U.S. Supreme Court could consider petitions concerning denial of access to counsel during the execution and to records related to the execution of Ronald Smith. After Court denied certiorari on these claims, Alabama began the execution at 11:45 p.m., just prior to the state-law mandated midnight expiration of its death warrant. Athur was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. om May 26.
June
8 AL Robert Melson

Stay granted on June 2, 2017 by the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to permit the court to consider a joint appeal by five Alabama death-row prisoners of a district court order denying their challenge to Alabama's execution protocol. Briefing in that appeal will not be complete until June 28, 20 days after the execution date. The court said deciding the issue for Melson while he is under warrant "would, in effect, telegraph the outcome of Melson’s coappellants’ appeals, and that would be untenable."

On June 6, 2017 the stay was vacated by the United States Supreme Court.

Executed.

13 OH William Montgomery Rescheduled for October 18, 2017 by Gov. John Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
13 OH Gary Otte Rescheduled for September 13, 2017 by Gov. John Kasich on May 1, 2017.**
28 TX Steven Long Rescheduled for August 30, 2017
July
6 VA William Charles Morva Executed
19 OH Mark Pickens Stay granted by Ohio Supreme Court until exhaustion of all state post-conviction proceedings.
19 TX Kosoul Chanthakoummane Stay granted by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on June 7, 2017, to review claims of discredited forensic science. 
26 OH Robert Van Hook Rescheduled for November 15, 2017 by Gov. John Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
26 OH Raymond Tibbetts Rescheduled for October 18, 2017 by Gov. John Kasich on May 1, 2017.**
26 OH Ronald R. Phillips Warrant pending
27 TX Talchin Preyor Warrant pending
August
22 MO Marcellus Williams Warrant pending
30 TX Steven Long Warrant pending
September
7 TX Juan Castillo Warrant pending
13 OH Jeffrey A. Wogenstahl Stay granted by Ohio Supreme Court May 4, 2016 on motion to vacate execution date and to reopen direct appeal. Rescheduled for April 17, 2019 by Gov. John Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
13 OH Alva Campbell, Jr. Rescheduled for November 15, 2017 by Gov. John Kasich on May 1, 2017.**
13 OH Gary Otte Warrant pending
October
18 OH Melvin Bonnell Rescheduled for April 11, 2018 by Gov. John Kasich on February 10, 2017.*
18 OH William Montgomery Rescheduled for January 3, 2018 by Gov. John Kasich on May 1, 2017.**
18 OH Raymond Tibbetts Warrant pending
November
15 OH Robert Van Hook Rescheduled for February 13, 2018 by Gov. John Kasich on May 1, 2017.**
15 OH Alva Campbell, Jr. Warrant pending

* On February 10, 2017 Governor John R. Kasich issued a statement revising the schedule for eight upcoming executions. This revised schedule was in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s denial of a motion to stay enforcement, pending appeal, of a federal magistrate judge's order declaring Ohio’s execution procedures unconstitutional.

* On May 1, 2017 Governor Kasich issued another statement revising the schedule for nine upcoming executions. This revised schedule was in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s order setting a briefing schedule for the Court's en banc rehearing of the state's appeal of a federal magistrate judge's order issuing a preliminary injunction barring Ohio from carrying out 3-drug executions using midazolam or any execution using a paralytic agent or potassium chloride.

^^ On October 19, 2015 the Ohio Department of Corrections issued a statement that Governor Kasich granted reprieves postponing all executions that the state had scheduled in 2016. Ohio has been unable to obtain the execution drugs required to conduct executions under state law. All execution dates have been rescheduled by the state.

~ In 2011 Gov. John Kitzhaber imposed a moratorium on all executions in Oregon. Current Governor Kate Brown has requested a report on the status of the death penalty and indicated the report will inform future policy decisions.

"Volunteer" refers to inmates who have voluntarily waived their normal appeals (not necessarily that they have volunteered for execution).

Return to Executions. See also Stays of Execution for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. To compare the number of executions carried out with the number of executions actually scheduled, see Outcomes of Death Warrants in 2014-2016.