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DeWine Delays Three More Ohio Executions Amid Drug Shortage

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

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed three additional executions as the state struggles to find an adequate supply of drugs for lethal injection.

The Republican governor’s latest warrants of reprieve were issued Friday for condemned prisoners Kareem Jackson, Stanley Fitzpatrick and David Sneed.

The inmates were scheduled to die in September, October and December, respectively. Their executions were moved to dates in 2022 and 2023.

DeWine once again blamed the reprieves on the state's inability to obtain drugs from pharmaceutical companies. DeWine issued similar reprieves in December, February and April.

Earlier in the year, a bipartisan bill was introduced to replace the death penalty with life without parole, while a group of Ohio conservatives launched a campaign to end capital punishment.

Ohio hasn't carried out an execution since July 2018.