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Gov. DeWine Puts Ohio Executions On Hold

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.
Kiichiro Sato
Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine says there won’t be any executions in Ohio in the near future.

DeWine told reporters at an Ohio Associated Press event that a federal court has ruled Ohio’s existing lethan injection drugs are cruel and unusual punishment. That's why he delayed the execution of Wayne Keith Henness weeks ago.

And now DeWine says he has put executions on hold indefinitely.

“Ohio is not going to execute somebody on my watch when Ohio has found it to be cruel and unusual punishment," DeWine says.

DeWine says he’s asked the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to come up with different execution drugs. And once the department does that, he says the method will have to undergo legal challenges.

Only after that, he says, will executions resume in Ohio.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.