CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF OHIO
Society has a duty to defend life against violence and to reach out to victims of crime. Yet our nation’s increasing reliance on the death penalty cannot be justified. Because we have other ways to protect society that are more respectful of human life, the Catholic church supports efforts to end the use of the death penalty and, in the meantime, to restrain its use through broader use of DNA evidence, access to effective counsel, and efforts to address unfairness and injustice related to application of the death penalty.
Catholic Campaign to End the Death Penalty Website
Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty
Divine Mercy and the Death Penalty (2010) Respect Life Booklet 2010-2011
A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death. U.S. Bishops, November 2005
On the Death Penalty - Reflections from Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, 9/2001
Renewing Our Call to End the Death Penalty - USCCB, 11/2000
A Good Friday Appeal to End the Death Penalty. U. S. Bishops, April 1999
Justice & Mercy: Reassessing the Death Penalty Ohio Bishops,1987
Shortening Death Penalty Appeal Procedures Ohio Bishops, June 7, 1994
Affirming Justice & Mercy: Reassessing the Death Penalty Ohio Bishops, June 28, 1996
Ohio Execution Alerts
Ohio Executions 2011
Frank Spisak, Jr. was executed on February 17, 2011 for the deaths of Rev. Horace Rickerson, Brian Warford, and Timothy Sheenan from Cuyahoga County. The time of death was 10:34 am. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Johnnie Baston was executed on March 10, 2011 for the death of Chong Hoon Mah from Lucas County. He was pronounced dead at 10:30 am. He was the first inmate to die using a single-drug injection of pentobarbital. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Clarence Carter, Hamilton County, was executed on April 12, 2011 for the death of fellow prisoner Johnny Allen. He was pronounced dead at 10:25 am. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Daniel Bedford, Hamilton County, was executed on May 17, 2011 for the deaths of Gwen Toepfert and John Smith. He was pronounced dead at 11:18 AM. The execution was delayed by court proceedings regarding his dementia and difficulties in inserting an intravenous line. Mr. Bedford participated in Mass and Communion prior to his execution. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Reginald Brooks, Cuyahoga County, was executed on November 15, 2011 for the deaths of his three children, Reginald Jr., Vaughn, and Niarchos. He was pronounced dead at 2:04 PM after last minute appeals regarding his mental illness failed. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Delayed Executions in Ohio
On July 8, 2011, federal judge Gregory Frost delayed the July 19, 2011 execution of Kenneth Smith. He ruled that Ohio's death penalty procedures are enforced haphazardly. [MORE]
Kenneth W. Smith, Butler County, was scheduled for execution on July 19, 2011 for the deaths of Lewis and Ruth Ray.
On July 21, 2011, Governor Kasich delayed the August 16, 2011 execution of Brett Hartman till November 13, 2012. This is to give the state more time to revamp their execution procedures.
Brett X. Hartman, Summit County, was scheduled for execution on Aug. 16, 2011 for the death of Winda Snipes.
On September 2, 2011, Governor Kasich delayed the September 20, 2011 execution of Billy Slagle till August 7, 2013. There are continued concerns over Ohio's death penalty procedures.
Billy Slagle, Cuyahoga County, was scheduled for execution on Sept. 20, 2011 for the death of Mari Anne Pope. [More]
On January 11, 2012, Judge Frost, from the federal 6th Circuit Court, halted the execution of Charles Lorraine due to concerns over the State's ability to follow their own execution protocols.
Charles Lorraine, Trumbull County, was scheduled for execution on January 18, 2012 for the deaths of Raymond and Doris Montgomery.
On February 8, 2012, the U. S. Supreme Court allowed Ohio's temporary delay on executions to remain indefinitely.
Michael Webb, Clermont County, was scheduled for execution on February 22, 2012 for the death of his son, Michael Patrick Webb.
Pending Executions in Ohio
Mark Wayne Wiles, Portage County, is scheduled for execution on April 18, 2012 for the death of Mark Klima.
Abdul Hamin Awkal, Cuyahoga County, is scheduled for execution on June 6, 2012 for the deaths of Latife Awkal and Mahmoud Abdul-Aziz.
John Eley, Mahoning County, is scheduled for execution on July 26, 2012 for the death of Ihsan Aydah.
Donald L. Palmer, Belmont County, is scheduled for execution on September 20, 2012 for the deaths of Charles Sponhaltz and Steven Vargo.
Brett X. Hartman, Summit County, is re-scheduled for execution on November 13, 2012 for the death of Winda Snipes.
Ronald Ray Post, Lorain County, is scheduled for execution on January 16, 2013 for the death of Helen Vantz.
Frederick Treesh, Lake County, is scheduled for execution on March 6, 2013 for the death of Henry Dupree.
Billy Slagle, Cuyahoga County, is rescheduled for execution on August 7, 2013 for the death of Mari Anne Pope.
Harry Mitts Jr., Cuyahoga County, is scheduled for execution on September 25, 2013 for the deaths of John Bryan and police sergeant Dennis Glivar.
Ronald R. Phillip, Summit county, is scheduled for execution on November 14, 2013 for the death of Sheila Marie Evans.
Dennis McGuire, Preble County, is scheduled for execution on January 16, 2014 for the death of Joy Stewart.
Ohio Commutation Requests
CLICK HERE for a listing of the commutation actions taken by the Catholic Conference of Ohio, including letters to the Governor on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in Ohio.
On September 26, 2011, Governor Kasich commuted the death sentence of Joseph Murphy to life without parole. Joseph Murphy, Marion County, was scheduled for execution on Oct. 18, 2011 for the death of Ruth Predmore.
On June 8, 2011, Governor Kasich commuted the death sentence of Shawn L. Hawkins ( Hamilton County). Mr. Hawkins was scheduled for execution on June 14, 2011.
Ohio Death Penalty Legislation
HB 160, introduced by Representatives Celeste (D) and Antonio (D), would abolish Ohio's death penalty. Other cosponsors include: Representatives Blair (R), Hagan, R. (D), Murray (D), Lundy (D), Foley (D), Garland (D), Ramos (D), Yuko (D), Heard (D), Letson (D), Boose (R), Williams (D)
SB 77: Signed into law. Effective July 2010. Provides for enhanced DNA testing and safeguards.
|Death Penalty Educational Resources
History of the Death Penalty in Ohio with pictures. Updated 9/6/2011
History of the Death Penalty in Ohio without pictures. Updated 9/6/2011
Ohio Executions, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
Death Penalty in Ohio: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections
Ohio Clemency Reports: Ohio Department of Corrections
Religion and the Death Penalty, Death Penalty Information Center
Special Report: Death Row in Ohio, Dayton Daily News. 2/23/09
Educational Flyer: Catholic Teachings and Ohio's Death Penalty October, 2010
A Declaration of Life - Release form indicating a personal preference that the death penalty not be pursued should I become a murder victim.
The Death Penalty: Time to Reassess - Color flyer
Death Penalty Tools - Resource list from Interfaith Coalition to Stop Executions
Resource Listing regarding the Death Penalty- Updated November 2004.
Bishop Griffin Signs Moratorium Call - press release from OTSE - 10/9/03
Petition to Stop the Death Penalty - Interfaith Coalition to Stop Executions
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