Gov. Mike DeWine has issued three reprieves of execution, as the future of Ohio’s death penalty looks more uncertain.
Death row inmate Gregory Lott was supposed to be put to death on March 12, 2020, but his execution date has been moved to May 27, 2021.
John Stumpf’s execution date has been moved from April 16, 2020, to September 15, 2021.
Warren “Keith” Henness, who was scheduled to die on May 14, 2020, now has an execution date of January 12, 2022.
DeWine cited ongoing problems with obtaining the drugs for lethal injections as the reasons for these reprieves. None of the executions that have been scheduled under DeWine’s term in office have been carried out.
Some conservative Republicans, including House Speaker Larry Householder, say that the state's death penalty law may be unenforceable, but an alternative has yet to be proposed.
Ohio’s most recent execution was in July 2018.