Capital Punishment

Ohio doesn’t have an execution scheduled for nine months, and the state doesn’t have the lethat injection  drugs necessary to carry it out.

The state has delayed execution dates for death row inmate because of a lack of lethal injection drugs. 

Death penalty opponents plan to walk from the prison where Ohio inmates are executed to the Statehouse as part of a capital punishment protest. 

A recent study shows in the 15 states that elect supreme court justices - including Ohio - death sentences are reversed 11 percent of the time.

A state lawmaker is finding new allies in her fight to abolish the death penalty.

WCBE Files

The Ohio Supreme Court will decide if a convicted killer who has already been through one execution attempt should be sentenced to die again.


The survivor of a murder victim who witnessed the killer’s execution now says he has second thoughts about capital punishment. 

State of Ohio

The Ohio Senate is now considering a proposal banning the execution of mentally ill killers. 

An annual report by the Ohio Attorney General's office on capital punishment shows three people were sentenced to die last year, bringing the total number under Ohio's 1981 law to 323 sentences.

Ohio has announced rescheduled execution dates for 11 condemned killers following a federal judge's order that put capital punishment on hold in the state through mid-January. 

Kasich Grants Clemency To Tyler

Apr 30, 2014
Associated Press

Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich has granted clemency to a death row inmate scheduled to die next month for a 1983 slaying.

Capital Punishment Panel Poised To Issue Report

Apr 17, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor says divisions on a panel studying capital punishment convened in 2011 by O'Connor finalized its recommendations last week and now awaits a dissenting report from prosecutors on the committee who disagreed with some proposals.

Poll: Ohioans Support Capital Punishment

Feb 20, 2014

A Quinnipiac University poll shows Ohioans strongly support the death penalty, but support declines when a jury has other options.

Death Row Inmate Sues To Block His Execution

Jan 24, 2014

An Ohio death row inmate is suing to stop his March execution, alleging the state's capital punishment policy leaves open the chance someone could remain clinically alive after being pronounced dead.

Problems With Execution Of Convicted Killer

Jan 17, 2014
Associated Press

An attorney for the family of a killer whose execution by lethal injection Thursday was marked by several minutes of unprecedented gasping and unusual sounds plans to sue the state over what happened.

There’s another bill in the Ohio House of Representatives to abolish the death penalty.

An Ohio Supreme Court committee examining capital punishment wants lawmakers to debate whether the death penalty should be off the table for offenders with serious mental illness.

SUPCO Panel Issues Death Penalty Recommendations

Jun 28, 2013

An Ohio Supreme Court committee studying the death penalty is recommending many of the added factors that lead to a capital punishment case, such as rape, robbery or burglary, be removed from the state's death penalty law.

Former Justice Now Opposes Death Penalty

Jun 14, 2013

A former Ohio Supreme Court justice who mostly sided with the majority in death penalty cases says she now opposes capital punishment.