Updated: March 20, 2018
Please pray for these men and women. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and that the innocent shall be revealed before they are executed. "The Lord is slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).
Due to ongoing legal challenges, Ohio has rescheduled multiple executions, multiple times. Beginning with 2018, this list contains only current Ohio executions. Click here for more information about Ohio's legal challenges.
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 8:01 pm EDT
The Supreme Court of the United States has, by a vote of 5-4, granted a stay of execution to Russell Earl Bucklew. The stay was granted shortly after his execution was scheduled to begin. The stay was granted in order to allow the court more time to consider his appeal.
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 11:20 am EDT
Russell Earl Bucklew is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He has been granted a stay of execution. Forty-nine-year-old Russell is convicted of killing 27-year-old Michael Sanders on March 21, 1996, at Hickory Hollow trailer park in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Russell also kidnapped, beat, and raped 21-year-old Stephanie Pruitt. Russell has spent the past 14 years on Missouri's death row.
Russell Bucklew, a former electrician, met Stephanie Pruitt in the summer 1995, while she was married to another man, with whom she had two children. By fall of 1995, Stephanie was divorced and dating Bucklew, whom she knew as Rusty. Around Christmas, Stephanie discovered she was pregnant, however, she lost the baby on Valentine's Day and the relationship between Stephanie and Bucklew was over. Stephanie claims they broke up and Bucklew moved back into his parent's house. Bucklew said they just needed a few days apart to cool off.
When Bucklew returned, he discovered that Michael Sanders was now living with Stephanie in Bucklew’s trailer. Bucklew was furious and put a knife to Mike's throat, telling him to get out or he would kill him. Stephanie moved in with Mike a few days later.
Stephanie and Bucklew had another confrontation when she retrieved some of her clothes from Bucklew's trailer. Stephanie, chained to a bed, agreed to meet Bucklew on March 21, 1996, and leave with him. Bucklew let her go. On March 21, 1996, Bucklew, after stealing guns, handcuffs, duct tape, and a car from his cousin, secretly followed and watched Stephanie all day. His goal was to catch her with Mike. When he saw return to Mike's trailer, he decided that she was not going to meet him and decided to kill Mike and kidnap her.
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 11:27 am EDT
Rosendo Rodriguez III is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-seven-year-old Rosendo is convicted of the murder of 29-year-old Summer Baldwin and her unborn child in 2005. Rosendo has spent the last 9 years on Texas’ death row.
Rosendo grew up being abused by his domineering and alcoholic father. Rosendo attended Texas Tech. He was serving as a US Marine Corp reservist, and was in Lubbock, Texas for training at the time of the murder. Prior to his arrest, Rosendo worked as an office clerk and in food service. He had no prior prison record, however, following his initial arrest, he was also discovered to have murdered 16-year-old Joanna Rogers in 2004.
Summer Baldwin’s body was found stuffed inside of a suitcase in a Lubbock, Texas city landfill on September 13, 2005. Summer was a prostitute and a witness in federal counterfeiting case, making her death of interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Finical records obtained by the federal government showed that Rosendo Rodriguez’s debit card was used to buy an identical suitcase in WalMart the day before Summer’s body was discovered. Video surveillance also showed Rodriguez with Summer. Financial records also showed that Rodriguez rented a hotel room. Hotel records showed that he signed in under the name “Thomas” Rodriguez. Police arrested Rodriguez at his parent’s home in San Antonio, Texas.
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 11:22 am EDT
William T. Montgomery is scheduled to be executed at 10 am EDT, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Fifty-two-year-old William is convicted of murdering 20-year-old Debra Ogle and 19-year-old Cynthia Tincher on March 8, 1986, in Toledo, Ohio. William has spent the past 28 years on Ohio's death row.
William Montgomery knew Debra Ogle and Cynthia Tincher. Both women were known to be alive during the early morning hours of March 8, 1986. Following a night of drinking, Montgomery, along with friend Glover Heard, took a cab to the apartment shared by Debra and Cynthia. Montgomery was armed with a .38 caliber pistol. Debra agreed to give the men a ride to Montgomery's mother's house on her way to work. Montgomery sat in the front seat providing directions, eventually having Debra stop along a road. Montgomery and Debra walked away from the car into a field. Heard then heard a gun fire twice and saw Debra's body lying on the ground.
Montgomery drove Debra's car back to her apartment and gave the keys to Heard, telling him to take the car. Heard took Debra's wallet when he abandoned the car. When Debra never reported for work, police listed her as missing. Montgomery took the gun and entered the apartment.
A black person wearing a dark hooded jacket with the hood tied tight around their face was seen leaving Cynthia's car later that day. Cynthia was found in her car. She was killed by a single gunshot to the head.
Montgomery was arrested on March 12, 1986, on an unrelated charge. Montgomery confessed that his gun was the murder weapon, however, he was not the shooter. Montgomery blamed the murder on Heard, saying Heard confessed to him. Montgomery eventually led police to Debra's body, but continued to blame the murders on Heard.
March 19, 2018
Walter Leroy Moody, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. Eighty-two-year-old Walter is convicted of the murder of 58-year-old US Circuit Judge Robert Smith Vance on December 16, 1989, in Alabama, and civil rights attorney Robert E. Robinson on December 18, 1989, in Georgia. Walter has spent the last 20 years of his life on Alabama’s death row.
In 1972, Walter Moody was convicted of possessing a pipe bomb and, when it exploded, injuring his wife. He served three years in a federal prison before being released. In 1985, Moody wanted to have his conviction overturned and, to that end, bribed Julie Linn-West, an acquaintance, to say that she personally knew someone else had placed the bomb in Moody’s home in 1972. Julie’s mother, Susan Eckstrom would also become part of the scheme by agreeing to testify that Moody was innocent.
Moody’s attempts to have his conviction overturned were unsuccessful, as the District Court for the Middle District of Georgia denied his petition and was later affirmed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 1990, he learned that his connection to Julie and Susan was being investigated. Moody attempted to continue to bribe Julie, and threatened to harm her mother, Susan, if Julie were to cooperate with law enforcement. Julie, however, had already agreed to help the government and recorded many of the conversations that she had with Moody.