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Twenty-three men and no women have

been executed in the United States in 2017.

Scheduled Executions

Updated: November 16, 2017

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.

November 2017

  • 08 - Patrick Hannon, Florida - Executed
  • 08 - Ruben Cardenas, Texas - Executed
  • 09 - Jack Greene, Arkansas - Stayed
  • 14 - Scott Dozier, Nevada - Stayed
  • 15 - Alva Campbell, Ohio - Rescheduled from September 13, 2017; Execution halted; Rescheduled for June 5, 2019
  • 16 - Larry Swearingen, Texas - Stayed
  • 17 - Junius Burno, Pennsylvania - Stayed by US District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania

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Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017 11:23 am EST

 

Scott Raymond Dozier was scheduled to be executed at 8 pm PST, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Ely State Prison in Ely, Nevada.  His execution has been stayed.  Forty-six-year-old Scott is convicted of the murder of 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller on April 18, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Scott has spent the last nine years on Nevada’s death row.

 

Scott's execution has been stayed after Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti ordered that the paralytic drug be removed from the execution protocol.  The judge fears that this drug would leave Scott aware of everything that was going on, but unable to react or show that he is in pain.  Judge Togliatti agreed with expert testimony that the paralytic drug should not be necessary if the sedative is effective.  Scott has repeatedly informed the judge that he wished to be executed, regardless of any pain he may experience.  The judge's order is being appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.

 

In 2001, Scott Dozier was a methamphetamine dealer.  Dozier came to believe that  27-year-old Jasen Green was going to expose his operation.  Dozier shot Jasen and chopped his body into pieces before burying him in an Arizona.  

 

In April of 2002, Dozier was in need of money and convinced an associate, 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller to come to Las Vegas, with cash, for a large purchase of ephedrine, a key ingredient in the making of methamphetamine.  Dozier and Miller met on April 18, 2002, inside a motel on the Las Vegas Strip.  Miller also brought along a suitcase containing $12,000 in cash.

 

Upon arrival, Dozier killed Miller before cutting his body into pieces and disposing of them.  Dozier then went on a spending spree.  One year later, Miller’s torso, chopped in two, was found by a maintenance worker.  His head, arms, and legs were never recovered.

 

Dozier was arrested on June 25, 2002, in Phoenix, Arizona.  In 2005, Dozier was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the murder of Jasen Green.  In October of 2007, Dozier was sentenced to death in Nevada for the robbery and murder of Jeremiah Miller.

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Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017  8:45 pm EST

 

Hours after Ohio prison officials called off the execution of Alva Campbell Jr., due to being unable to locate a suitable vein for the lethal injection, Governor John Kasich has announced that Alva has been given a new execution date of June 5, 2019.  

 

Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017  11:45 am EST

 

Ohio prison officials have announced that the execution of Alva Campbell Jr., has been called off after they were unable to locate a suitable vein for the lethal injection.  Attempts were made on both arms and legs.  His execution has been delayed indefinitely.  Alva is the second inmate in Ohio's recent history to have his execution called off due to being unable to find a suitable vein.  Romell Broom's execution was called of in 2009, for the same the reason.  In March 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Ohio could attempt to execute Romell again.  Therefore, it stands to reason, that Ohio could also again attempt to execute Alva.

 

Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017  10:28 am EST

 

It has been announced that there will be a slight delay in the execution of Alva Campbell.  Staff is taking their time locating a vein to place the IV.

 

Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017  9:52 am EST

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to halt the execution of Alva Campbell, Jr.  Previously, the governor had denied clemency.  Alva will be allowed to lie on a special, wedge shaped pillow during the execution to assist with his breathing. 

 

Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017  10:24 am EST

 

Alva E. Campbell, Jr. is scheduled to be executed at 10 am EST, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio.  Sixty-nine-year-old Alva is convicted of murdering of 18-year-old Charles Dials, while attempting to flee from police custody on April 2, 1997.  Alva has spent the last 17 years on Ohio's death row.

 

Alva alleges he was raised in an “abusive, loveless, amore, and unstable environment,” along with his five siblings.  His parents drank excessively, especially on the weekends, which led to violent physical and verbal altercations.  His father encouraged him to steal, offering praise when he did so without getting caught.  His father was eventually arrested, however his mother was not any better of a parent and he rarely attended school.  At the age of 11, he was removed from his mother’s care.  Alva did not have a stable environment, often fleeing from wherever he was placed.  He was also placed in multiple juvenile detention centers for a variety of crimes.

 

At the age of 19, Alva Campbell was first sent to prison for shooting, with intent to kill, a state trooper.  He was released in 1971.  In 1972, Campbell was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.  He was paroled 20 years later.  Approximately five years later, in 1997, Campbell was again arrested, this time for charges of aggravated robbery.

 

On April 2, 1977, Campbell, who was confined to a wheelchair after feigning paralysis, was being driven by Deputy Sheriff Tersa Harrison to his arraignment.  As she was attempting to help Campbell out of the vehicle, he assaulted her, stealing her pistol and fleeing the scene.

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Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017  10:26 am EST

   

Larry Ray Swearingen was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  His execution has been stayed.  Forty-six-year-old Larry is convicted of the kidnapping and murder of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter on December 8, 1998, in Montgomery County, Texas.  Larry has spent the last 17 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Larry's execution has been stayed due to an error by the Montgomery County District Clerk's Office, who sent the execution paperwork to the wrong location.  Due to this error, a new execution date will have to be requested.  Additionally, new DNA testing has been approved in Larry's case, after being agreed upon by both sides.  Among the items that will likely be tested is a rape kit, the ligature used to strangle the victim, finger nail scrapings, and hair.  Previous attempts to have these items tested were eventually overturned by higher courts, who ruled that the results could, in no way, overcome the mountain of evidence against Larry.

  

Larry was born in Montgomery County, Texas on May 21, 1971.  He attended school through the 11th grade.  Larry worked as an electrician/mechanic until his arrest.  Larry had one prior conviction for burglary of a building, for which he received probation.  After his arrest for murder, the probation was revoked and he was given a two-year sentence.

 

Melissa Trotter was a student at Montgomery College in Conroe, Texas.  She met Swearingen in the beginning of December 1998.  On December 8, 1998, Melissa and Swearingen were observed together in the library.  They were seen leaving the campus together by her biology professor, who later identified the man with Melissa as Swearingen.  After leaving campus that day, Melissa was never seen or heard from again.  On January 2, 1999, her partially nude body was found by two hunters in the Sam Houston National Forest.

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Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017  11:15 am EDT

 

Junius Burno's execution was scheduled to occur at 7 pm EDT, on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the State Correction Institute Rockview in Rockview, Pennsylvania.  Junius’ execution has been stayed.  Junius was convicted of murdering 45-year-old Carlos Juarbe and 35-year-old Oscar Rosado III, on April 13, 2003, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Junius has seen the last 10 years of his life on Pennsylvania’s death row.

 

Junius’ execution has been stayed by the US District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania.  It was likely stayed in order to allow Junius to complete his appeals.

 

On April 13, 2003, Mary Meixell called the police saying that she had heard gunshots from next door.  Police arrived at the address provided to discover blood on the front steps and the front door ajar.  The responding officer entered and discovered Carlos Juarbe, the lessee of the residence, lying in the bedroom doorway.  His friend, Oscar Rosado, was lying in the back of the bedroom, curled in the fetal position.

 

Evidence gathered by the police pointed to Terrence Betha as the suspect.  He was arrested on September 12, 2003, and charged him with murder.  Betha gave a voluntary statement to police which also incriminated Junius Burno.  Betha also alleged that he and Burno were shot at as they fled the apartment.

 

Betha’s wife confirmed to police that on April 13, 2003, Betha and Burno arrived at the house, with Betha having been shot. Both men refused to provide her with any more information.  Betha was taken to a hospital in Philadelphia, where Betha provided false information to the police.

 

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