DeWine Delays Execution, Citing Counsel Concerns And Drug Shortage

Sep 30, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed one of the two executions on the schedule for the rest of this year, setting up the possibility that there will be no executions at all in 2019.

DeWine has put off the November 13 execution of Cleveland Jackson of Lima, who was sentenced to die for the 2002 murders of a 3 year old and a 17 year old during a robbery for drugs and money.

DeWine said he wants disciplinary complaints involving Jackson’s legal counsel resolved before the execution can take place.

And he noted in his reprieve statement that the state is still struggling with ongoing issues to get the drugs needed under the current execution protocol.

Jackson was set for a clemency hearing on October 10. His new execution date is set for January 13, 2021.