Stays of Execution 2011


STAYS OF EXECUTIONS 2011


Date of  Scheduled Execution  State  Inmate Reason for Stay
January      
11 TN Edmund Zagorski TN Sup. Ct. stayed execution to allow attorneys time to respond to new lethal injection procedures.
11 TX Cleve Foster U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution without explanation. UPDATE: Executed on Sept. 25, 2012
12 MO Richard Clay MO Governor Jay Nixon commuted sentence to life without parole after supporters presented evidence of possible innocence.
14 OK Ricky Ray Malone OK Ct of Criminal Appeals stayed execution after a Comanche County judge sentenced Malone to death following a non-jury trial.
31 MT Ronald Smith Judge Jeffrey Sherlock granted Smith a stay of execution so his civil lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection could be decided.
February      
9 GA Roy Blankenship Stayed to review DNA evidence UPDATE: see June 23
15 TN Edward Harbison TN Sup. Ct. stayed execution to allow attorneys time to respond to new lethal injection procedures.  Update - Gov. Bredesen commuted sentence to life in prison without parole to bring sentence in line with others in the state.
April      
5 AZ Daniel Cook Execution stayed by U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers presented a petition arguing Cook did not have effective legal representation during his trial or appeals process.  The stay may be temporary.
5 TX Cleve Foster Stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow consideration of a request for a rehearing regarding ineffectiveness of counsel.  Update - stay has been lifted, execution set for Sept. 20, 2011.  UPDATE: Executed on Sept. 25, 2012
6 IN Wayne Kubsch Stayed by U.S. federal judge to allow Kubsch to file a habeas corpus petition.
May      
24 MS Robert Simon Jr. Stayed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, but no immediate reason was given for its decision.  (Simon's lawyers had raised claims about his mental competency.)
25 AZ Don Beaty The Arizona Supreme Court issued the stay in order to give Beaty time to review the changes of a lethal injection drug in the execution procedure.  Update - Beaty was executed on May 25.
June      
14 NE Carey Moore Stayed by the Nebraska Supreme Court due to objections that the sodium thiopental that Nebraska purchased from a Mumbai company fails to comply with U.S. pharmaceutical standards.
14 OH Shawn Hawkins OH Governor John Kasich commuted sentence to life without parole because the precise details of Hawkin's role in the crime were unclear.
15 TX John Balentine Stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow for review of a petition regarding ineffective assistance of counsel during Balentine's state appeal.
16 VA Ricky Gray Stayed by U.S. Federal Court to allow more time for an appeal.
22 AR Frank Williams Jr. Stayed by Arkansas Supreme Court due to two appeals involving constitutional issues regarding the death penalty are pending in the court.
23 GA Roy Blankenship Temporary stay granted by Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob to consider a challenge to Georgia's decision to adopt a new lethal injection drug.  Update - stay has been lifted; executed
July      
12 AR Marcel Williams Stayed by Arkansas Supreme Court due to challenges to the state's execution protocol.
19 OH Kenneth Smith Stayed by U.S. District Court to review execution protocols in Ohio.
20 GA Andrew DeYoung Stayed by Georgia prison officials until July 21; no reason given, but a court has ordered that the execution be videotaped in connection with a challenge to the lethal injection process. Update: DeYoung was executed on 7/21/11.
26 AR Jason McGehee Stayed by Arkansas Supreme Court due to challenges to the state's execution protocol.
29 DE Robert Jackson III Stayed by U.S. District Court to review changes to the drug used in executions.  Update - stay has been lifted.
August      
2 FL Manuel Valle Stayed until September 1st by the Florida Supreme Court to allow time to review state lethal injection procedure.  Update - execution rescheduled for September 6.
16 AR Bruce Ward Stayed by Arkansas Supreme Court due to challenges to the state's execution protocol.
16 OR Gary Haugen The Oregon Supreme Court stayed the execution until there's more consideration of the inmate's mental competence.
16 OH Brett Hartmann Stayed by Gov. Kasich, citing a federal judge's ruling in another case that called the state's procedures "haphazard."
18 TX Larry Swearingen Stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to allow time to review forensic evidence.
23 TX Randall Mays Stayed for unknown reasons.
30 TX Ivan Cantu Stayed for unknown reasons.
September      
6 FL Manuel Valle Stayed by federal court to consider whether Valle was denied a clemency hearing; UPDATE: Stay lifted; execution may occur Sept. 8. UPDATE: Executed on Sept. 28.
13 TN Joel Schmeiderer Stayed to allow for continuation of appeals.
15 TX Duane Buck Stayed by U.S. Supreme Court to allow further consideration of his claims. UPDATE: The Sup. Ct. denied cert., opening the possibility of a new execution date.
20 OH Billy Slagle Stayed by Gov. Kasich until Aug. 7, 2013 because of challenges to lethal injection process
20 TX Cleve Foster Stayed by U.S. Supreme Court. UPDATE: Executed on Sept. 25, 2012
27 TN David Jordan Stayed to allow for continuation of appeals.
October      
4 TN John Henretta Stayed to allow for continuation of appeals.
5 GA Marcus Johnson Stayed by Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette to evaluate new DNA evidence.
18 OH Joseph Murphy Commuted to life in prison without parole by Gov. Kasich following the unanimous recommendation of clemency by the Ohio Parole Board.
25 TN H.R. Hester Stayed to allow for continuation of appeals.
November      
9 TX Henry Skinner Stayed by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to review request for DNA testing.
10 VA Anthony Juniper Stayed to allow further federal appeals.
December      
6 OR Gary Haugen Gov. John Kitzhaber declared a moratorium on executions in Oregon on November 22.

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

Pennsylvania execution dates and stays are generally not listed because the state routinely sets execution dates before all appeals have been exhausted.

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