Stays of Execution 2014

Stays of Execution 2014


Date of  Scheduled Execution  State  Inmate Reason for Stay
January      
15 TX Rigoberto Avila Stayed to allow time for appeals.
15 TN Billy Irick Stayed to allow time to challenge Tennessee's new one-drug lethal injection protocol.  Rescheduled for Oct. 7, 2014.
29 MO Herbert Smulls Temporarily stayed by the Supreme Court.  Update - Stay lifted by Supreme Court without explanation on 1/29, Smulls executed same day.
February      
4 DE Gary Ploof Stayed pending resolution of a federal habeas corpus appeal filed earlier this year.
5 LA Christopher Sepulvado Stayed 90 days to allow time to determine whether Louisiana's switch to a 2-drug lethal injection protocol could violate Sepulvado's constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.
March      
19 OH Gregory Lott Stayed to allow time to review lethal injection procedures.
22 OK Clayton Lockett Stayed until April 22 to allow time to find a supply of lethal injection drugs.
26 MS Charles Crawford Stayed as execution date had not been affirmed by state court.
27 OK Charles Warner Stayed until April 29 to allow time to find a supply of lethal injection drugs.
27 MS Michelle Byrom Stayed as execution date had not been affirmed by state court.  Update - The Mississippi Supreme Court threw out Michelle Byrom's murder conviction and death sentence and ordered a new trial due to numerous problems, including inadequate representation, critical evidence not presented to the jury, confessions by another defendant, and the prosecution's lack of confidence in its own story of what actually happened.
April      
3 TX Tommy Sells Execution blocked by a federal judge who argued that failure to disclose details about the drugs Texas is using for executions violates constitutional rights.  Update - Stay was overruled by a federal appeals court.
9 TX Ramiro Hernandes Execution blocked by a federal judge who argued that failure to disclose details about the drugs Texas is using for executions violates constitutional rights.  Update - Stay was overruled by a federal appeals court.
16 PA Stephen Edmiston Stayed by federal judge to allow more time for appeals.
22 TN Nickolaus Johnson Granted post-conviction relief.
22 OK Clayton Lockett The Oklahoma Supreme Court stayed the execution to allow time to hold a hearing on Lockett's lawsuit over the state's secrecy surrounding its lethal injection drugs.  Update - stay was lifted and rescheduled for April 29.  Update - due to botched execution, Lockett died from a heart attack.
29 OK Charles Warner The Oklahoma Supreme Court stayed the execution to allow time to hold a hearing on Warner's lawsuit over the state's secrecy surrounding its lethal injection drugs.  Update - stay was lifted.  Update - execution was stayed for two weeks due to problems with Lockett's execution, further stay likely.  Update - execution was stayed by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals until November 13 to allow time for the ongoing investigation into the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.
May      
13 TX Robert Campbell Stayed to allow time to answer questions about intellectual disability.
21 TX Robert Pruett Stay granted to allow more time for appeals.
21 MO Russell Bucklew U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of Bucklew's execution pending the outcome of an appeal before the 8th Circuit.
29 TX Edgardo Cubas Stayed indefinitely to evaluate mental competency.
June      
18 MO John Winfield Stayed on June 12 because of state interference with the clemency process. UPDATE - Stay lifted. Winfield was executed on June 18.
18 PA Lewis Jordan Stayed to allow more time for appeals.
July      
2 OH Ronald Phillips Stayed due to all Ohio executions blocked by court order until August 15.  UPDATE - rescheduled to Sept. 18. UPDATE - rescheduled to February 11, 2015
10 GA Tommy Waldrip Commuted to a sentence of life without parole by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.
16 MO John Middleton Stayed to allow time to examine claims of mental illness.  UPDATE - stay lifted, executed on July 16.
23 AZ Joseph Wood Stayed pending state's release of execution information. UPDATE: Stay lifted by US Supreme Ct. on July 22.
August      
6 OH William Montgomery Stayed due to all Ohio executions blocked by court order until January 15, 2015 New Date Set
6 TX Manuel Vasquez To allow more time for clemency petition and final appeal.
10 MO Leon Taylor No reason given. Attorneys asked for more time for an appeal.
20 PA Patrick Stollar Stayed to allow more time for appeals.
21 PA Glenn Lyons Stayed to allow more time for appeals.
September      
18 OH Ronald Phillips Stayed due to all Ohio executions blocked by court order until January 15, 2015 New Date Set
22 PA Hubert Michael Stayed to allow more time for a federal judicial review. UPDATE: A second stay has been granted because the PA Department of Corrections requires more time "to complete the acquisition of injection agents as mandated by statute". (Notice of Reprieve 9/12/14)
October      
7 TN Billy Irick Stayed to allow more time for appeals regarding the lethal injection protocol.
14 PA Michael Parrish Stayed to allow more time for appeals.
15 OH Raymond Tibbetts Stayed due to all Ohio executions blocked by court order until January 15, 2015 New Date Set
15 TX Larry Hatten Stayed to allow time for a previous appeal to be decided.
29 MO Mark Christeson Stayed by U.S. Supreme Court to consider petition regarding quality of representation during appeals.
November      
13 OK Charles Warner Stayed to allow the state to obtain drugs and train staff on new protocols. (Update: New Date Set)
13 PA Miguel Padilla Stayed to allow more time for appeals.
19 OH Gregory Lott Stayed due to all Ohio executions blocked by court order until January 15, 2015 New Date Set
20 OK Richard Glossip Stayed to allow the state to obtain drugs and train staff on new protocols. (Update: New Date Set)
26 IN William Gibson Stayed to allow more time for appeals.
December      
2 PA Michael Ballard Stayed pending the outcome of a legal challenge to Pennsylvania's lethal injection methods.
3 PA Richard Baumhammers Stayed pending a federal court appeal,
3 TX Scott Panetti Stayed to allow time to review recently filed appeals.
4 DE James Cooke Stayed to allow more time for appeals.
4 OK John Grant Stayed to allow the state to obtain drugs and train staff on new protocols. (Update: New Date Set)
4 PA Robert Flor Stayed to allow more time for appeals.
9 TN Ed Zagorski Stayed to allow time for appeals regarding Tennessee's execution methods.
11 TX Robert Ladd Stayed due to an issue with the warrant.

*On September 8, 2014, the Ohio State Department of Rehabilitation Corrections revised its execution schedule for all death sentences previously scheduled from March 2014 and beyond. This was done in order to comply with the August 6, 2014 Federal Court ruling that no executions could be carried out until at least January 2015. The court  imposed this moratorium in order to compel a review of Ohio's lethal injection protocol. For more information about the ruling, click here. For the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections press release regarding the revised execution schedule, click here.

"Volunteer" refers to inmates who have voluntarily waived their normal appeals (not necessarily that they have volunteered for execution).

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