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DeWine Pushes Back Dates For Three More Executions

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks before signing his first executive action alongside his wife Fran, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Cedarville, Ohio. The former U.S. senator took his oath in a private midnight ceremony at his Cedarville home.
John Minchillo

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.

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.