Gov. Kasich delays 9 executions as court fight continues

COLUMBUS (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasichhas delayed nine executions as a court fight continues over the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection process.

The Republican governor’s announcement Monday postpones an execution scheduled for next month until July. It also pushes eight other procedures back months.

Kasich said the timing of arguments before a Cincinnati federal appeals court necessitated the delay.

The court is hearing Ohio’s appeal of a judge’s order finding the state’s latest execution process unconstitutional.

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Ronald Phillips, sentenced to die for raping and killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter, Sheila Marie Evans, in Akron in 1993.

Previous execution date: May 10.

New date: July 26.

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Gary Otte, sentenced to die for the Feb. 12, 1992, killing of Robert Wasikowski and the Feb. 13, 1992, killing of Sharon Kostura. Both slayings took place in an apartment building in Parma, in suburban Cleveland.

Previous execution date: June 13.

New date: Sept. 13.

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Raymond Tibbetts, sentenced to die for stabbing Fred Hicks to death at Hicks’ Cincinnati home in 1997. Tibbetts also received life imprisonment for fatally beating and stabbing his wife, 42-year-old Judith Crawford, during an argument over Tibbetts’ crack cocaine habit.

Previous execution date: July 26.

New execution date: Oct. 18.

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Alva Campbell Jr., sentenced to die for killing Charles Dials in 1997 in Columbus. Campbell shot Dials after taking him hostage following Campbell’s assault of a court officer during a hearing.

Previous execution date: Sept. 13.

New execution date: Nov. 15.

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William Montgomery, convicted of fatally shooting 20-year-old Debra Ogle and her 19-year-old roommate, Cynthia Tincher, in Toledo in 1986. Montgomery was convicted of murder for Tincher’s killing and sentenced to 15 years to life. He was convicted of aggravated murder in Ogle’s killing and received the death sentence.

Previous execution date: Oct. 18.

New execution date: Jan. 3, 2018.

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Robert Van Hook, sentenced to die for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self, a man he met in a bar in Cincinnati in 1985.

Previous execution date: Nov. 15.

New execution date: Feb. 13.

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John Stumpf, sentenced to die for fatally shooting 54-year-old Mary Jane Stout, in Guernsey County in 1984 during a robbery at her home. Stumpf was also convicted of attempted aggravated murder for shooting Stout’s husband, Norman.

Previous execution date: Jan. 3, 2018.

New execution date: Nov. 14, 2018.

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Warren Henness, sentenced to die for shooting and then robbing 51-year-old Richard Meyers in Columbus in 1992. Meyers, a substance abuse counselor, had been helping Henness seek drug counseling and treatment for Henness’ wife.

Previous execution date: Feb. 13, 2018.

New execution date: March 14, 2018.

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Douglas Coley, sentenced to die for the carjacking and fatal shooting of 21-year-old Samar El-Okdi in Toledo in 1997.

Previous execution date: March 24, 2018.

New execution date: Sept. 18, 2019.

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