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Gov. Mike DeWine is delaying the executions of two inmates, citing ongoing issues getting access to the drugs used in the process, according to a release from his offiice.
DeWine is issuing the reprieves due to ongoing problems involving the willingness of pharmaceutical suppliers to provide drugs to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, pursuant to the agency's protocol, the release states.
The governor issued reprieves of execution for these inmates: Antonio Franklin, who was scheduled to be executed on January 12, 2023. The new date of execution has been moved to February 11, 2026.
Stanley Fitzpatrick, who was scheduled to be executed on February 15, 2023. The new date of execution has been moved to April 16, 2026.
Recently, DeWine has issued reprieves of three other executions that had been set to occur in 2022, rescheduling them for 2025.
In executive orders issued February 18, 2022, DeWine halted the executions of Percy Hutton, Douglas Coley, and Cedric Carter, who had been scheduled to be put to death June 22, July 20, and August 24, 2022, respectively, according to a statement from DeWine's office.
The governor rescheduled Hutton's execution for June 18, 2025, Coley's for September 24, 2025, and Carter's for August 27, 2025.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Gov. Mike DeWine issues a reprieve for 2 inmates on death row