Part of the job of governor involves rendering the final word on executions when those on death row seek commutations or reprieves. On Thursday, Mike DeWine, just 10 days into his term as governor, received a letter from the federal public defender representing Warren Henness. Henness requested a reprieve from the lethal injection set for […]
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday postponed the execution of murderer Warren Henness from Feb. 13 to Sept. 12 following a recent judicial ruling that Ohio’s lethal-injection cocktail will “very likely cause him severe pain and needless suffering.” In a release, DeWine said that he has also directed Ohio’s prisons agency to assess the state’s […]
After a federal court ruling likening Ohio’s execution method to waterboard and injecting fire in the veins of the prisoner, Gov. Mike DeWine issued a reprieve Friday afternoon for a Columbus killer slated to die next month. DeWine has directed the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to assess Ohio’s current options for execution drugs […]
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Parole Board on Friday rejected a clemency request by a condemned man who says he’s innocent of the fatal shooting of a volunteer addiction counselor and is asking that his life be spared. Warren Keith Henness, who goes by his middle name, was convicted of killing 51-year-old Richard Meyers in […]
What message will Ohio send if it seeks the death penalty for the four members of the Wagner family accused of murdering eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016? That the death penalty is the only way justice can be served for such brutal killings? That executing the Wagners is a […]
Ohio’s three living former governors have no trouble agreeing on the toughest burden they faced in office: deciding whether someone should live or die. And after a collective 20 years as Ohio’s governor, Richard F. Celeste, Bob Taft and Ted Strickland all wish they had spared more people from execution. Read more here.
On Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court struck down that state’s death penalty due to racial bias and arbitrary application. Washington became the 20th state to abandon the death penalty. Ohio lawmakers would be wise to follow suit. Read the full article here.