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Falsely Convicted Walter Ogrod Released from Pennsylvania Death Row After 23 Years

Walter J. Ogrod, Pennsylvania

 

June 6, 2020

On July 12, 1988, a four year old girl, Barbara Jean Horn, was killed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For days, weeks, and years, her case remained unsolved, garnering national attention, as police had few leads. Until finally, they narrowed in on a suspect, Walter J. Ogrod, who was a neighbor to Barbara Jean. In 1996, Walter was sentenced to death. Twenty-three long years later, Walter has been released from prison.

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Tennessee Commutes Sentence of Abu-Ali Abdur' Rahman a/k/a James Lee Jones, Jr., Ahead of April 16, 2020 Execution

Abu-Ali Abdur' Rahman a/k/a James Lee Jones, Jr., Tennessee

Updated: Monday, April 13, 2020

Abu-Ali Abdur’ Rahman, a/k/a James Lee Jones, Jr., was scheduled to be executed at 7:10 pm local time, on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. Abu-Ali’s sentence of death has been commuted. Sixty-nine-year-old Abu-Ali was convicted of the murder of Patrick Daniel on February 17, 1986, in Nashville, Tennessee. Abu-Ali was on death row in Tennessee for 33 years, until his commutation in August 2019.

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Clemency Granted to Georgia Inmate Jimmy Meders Ahead of January 16, 2020 Execution

Jimmy Meders, Georgia

 

Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Jimmy Meders has had his death sentence commuted to life in prison, without the possibility of parole, by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.  Jimmy is the first Georgia death row inmate in six years to have his sentence commuted, and only the sixth since 2002.  In their review of Jimmy's case, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles considered his lack of criminal history and his lack of infractions during his time on death row.  The Board also reviewed statements made by the jury during its deliberation, in which members expressed their desire to sentence Jimmy to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a punishment option that was not available at the time of sentencing.  Additionally, every surviving jury member has maintained that they do not believe Jimmy's execution should be carried out.

Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a clemency hearing for Jimmy Meders later this afternoon.  Arguments were made that Jimmy's lack of criminal history should be taken into account, as well as the fact that the punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole was not an option at the time of his initial trial.  Some of the jurors as Jimmy's original trial have stated that they would not have voted for capital punishment, if a life sentenced had been a possibility.

Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lawyers for Jimmy Meders have asked the Georgia Supreme Court to halt Jimmy's scheduled execution to allow more time to consider his appeal.  Jimmy is arguing that his execution is a violation of the conditions of both Georgia and the United States.  Jimmy's request was recently rejected by a Butts County judge.  The ruling was immediately appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Updated: Monday, January 13, 2020

Jimmy Fletcher Meders is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm local time, on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Fifty-eight-year-old Jimmy is convicted of robbing and murdering 47-year-old Don Anderson on October 14, 1987, in Glenn County, Georgia. Jimmy has been on death row in Georgia for the last 30 years.

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2019 Execution Complications in Ohio

2019 Execution Complications in Ohio

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Ohio Governor Grants Clemency to William Montgomery Ahead of April 11, 2018, Execution

William Montgomery, Ohio

 

Updated: Monday, April 9, 2018 10:49 am EDT

William T. Montgomery was scheduled to be executed at 10 am EDT, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. His execution has been called off and Ohio Governor John Kasich has granted William clemency. 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.

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