New Schedule Prompted by Full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s Decision to Review Case
COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich issued a revised execution schedule in response to a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to schedule a full-court review of an earlier decision. Because this review will not be complete before June 14, at the earliest, it is necessary for the state to reschedule all upcoming executions, starting with the execution of Ronald Phillips, which was originally scheduled for May 10. Phillips was sentenced to death in 1993 for the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter, Sheila Marie Evans.
The Court’s decision to proceed with a full, en banc review follows a ruling from a magistrate for the United States District Court of the Southern District of Ohio to stay the first three scheduled executions in response to a challenge filed by Ohio death row inmates.
The nine inmates, who currently have scheduled executions, have now been rescheduled as follows:
- The execution of Ronald Phillips has been moved to July 26, 2017 from May 10, 2017.
- The execution of Gary Otte has been moved to September 13, 2017 from June, 13, 2017. Otte was convicted in Cuyahoga County for the 1992 robbery and murder of 61 year-old Robert Wasikowski and 45 year-old Sharon Kostura at their respective apartments in Parma, OH.
- The execution of Raymond Tibbetts has been moved to October 18, 2017 from July 26, 2017. Tibbetts was convicted in Hamilton County for the 1997 murder of his wife Judith Crawford and the couple’s 67 year-old landlord Fred Hicks.
- The execution of Alva Campbell, Jr. has been moved to November 15, 2017 from September 13, 2017. Campbell was convicted in Franklin County for the 1997 murder of Charles Dials. Campbell had taken Dials hostage after assaulting a court officer and fleeing during an appearance before a judge on aggravated robbery charges.
- The execution of William Montgomery has been moved to January 3, 2018 from October 18, 2017. Montgomery was convicted in Lucas County for the 1986 murder Debra Ogle and Cynthia Tincher.
- The execution of Robert Van Hook has been moved to February 13, 2018 from November 15, 2017. Van Hook was convicted in Hamilton County for the 1985 murder of David Self, whom he had met at a bar and attempted to rob.
- The execution of John Stumpf has been moved to November 14, 2018 from January 3, 2018. Stumpf was convicted in Guernsey County for the 1984 murder and armed robbery of Mary Jane Stout. Stumpf also attempted to murder Stout’s husband, Norman.
- The execution of Warren Henness has been moved to March 14, 2018 from February 13, 2018. Henness was convicted in Franklin County for the 1992 robbery and murder of Richard C. Meyers, a substance abuse counselor who was attempting to help Henness’s wife seek treatment.
- The execution of Douglas Coley has been moved to September 18, 2019 from March 14, 2018. Coley was convicted in Lucas County for the 1997 carjacking and murder of Samar El-Okdi.