Stays of Execution 2013

Stays of Execution 2013


Date of  Scheduled Execution  State  Inmate Reason for Stay
January      
8 PA Mark Spotz Stayed to allow time for appeals.
16 OH Ronald Post Commuted to a sentence of life without parole.
29 TX Kimberly McCarthy Stayed until 4/3/2013 after attorneys raised claims of racial bias.
February      
13 LA Christopher Sepulvado Stayed due to issues with lethal injection protocol in the state of Louisiana. UPDATE: The 5th Circuit lifted the stay. (Aug. 30). No new date set.
19 GA Warren Hill Stayed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to examine the issue of Hill's mental retardation.
20 TX Britt Ripkowski Stayed by a district court which found the defendant legally incompetent.
21 GA Andrew Cook Stayed on lethal injection grounds by the Georgia Court of Appeals.  Update - Stay was lifted and Cook was executed as scheduled.
26 FL Augustus Howell Stayed to allow time for appeals.
27 TX Larry Swearingen Stayed to allow time for DNA testing.
March      
5 PA Freeman May Stayed to allow time for appeals.
6 PA Orlando Maisonet Stayed to allow time for appeals.
6 AZ Edward Schad Stayed by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to allow time for appeals.
7 PA Abraham Sanchez Stayed to allow time for appeals.
21 TX Michael Gonzales Stayed to allow time for appeals.
April      
3 TX Kimberly McCarthy Stayed due to proposed legislation that would address racial discrimination in the death penalty.  Update - McCarthy was executed on 6/26/13.
10 TX Rigoberto Avila Stayed by 41st District Judge Anna Perez who ruled additional time is necessary to allow Avila's defense attorneys to explore possible new evidence of Avila's innocence.
21 PA Borgela Philistin Stayed to allow time for appeals.
24 TX Elroy Chester Stayed to allow time to clarify legal issues.
25 PA Michael Travaglia Stayed to allow time for appeals.
May      
7 MS Willie Manning Stayed by Mississippi Supreme Court to allow further review of the case.
21 TX Robert Pruett 60-day stay to allow for DNA testing.
June      
24 FL Marshall Gore Stayed to allow the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear claims of mental illness.    Update - A federal appeals court lifted the stay, execution rescheduled for July 10.
July      
10 FL Marshall Gore Stayed to allow time to hear claims of mental illness.  Update - Rescheduled for 9/10. Update - Rescheduled for 10/1.
15, 19 GA Warren Hill Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan issued a stay of execution for Warren Hill. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 18 to consider challenges to the new state law that shields from the public the identity of the lethal injection drug's manufacturer and the prescribing physician.  Update - execution has been rescheduled for July 19. Update - Georgia judge ruled state's new lethal injection secrecy law is unconstitutional, thereby further staying Hill's execution. An appeal is likely.
August      
15 VA William Morva Stayed by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Urbanski to allow time for Morva to continue his appeals.
18-24 CO Nathan Dunlap Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive order granting a temporary reprieve.
September      
10 PA Harve Johnson Stayed to allow more time for appeals.
October      
16 TX Larry Hatten Stayed to allow time to determine mental competency.
23 MO Allen Nicklasson Stayed due to issues with lethal injection procedures in Missouri.  Update - Execution has been rescheduled for 12/11/2013.  Update - Nicklasson executed 12/11/2013
29 TX Arthur Brown Stayed to conduct additional forensic tests on evidence.
November      
14 OH Ronald Phillips To allow time to consider donation of non-vital organs by the inmate to his relatives.
December      
3 FL Askari Muhammad Stayed pending challenge to Florida's new lethal injection protocol. UPDATE: After losing appeal, execution date re-set for Jan. 7, 2014.
11 MO Allen Nicklasson Stayed by 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based on Nicklasson’s claims of ineffective counsel.  Update - executed on 12/11/2013.
17 WA Cecil Davis Stayed to allow time to continue appeals.

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