What Are Some Facts About Inmates on Death Row in Ohio?


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As of January 6, 2016, there were 139 inmates on death row in Ohio, one of whom was female. Most of the 138 men were being held at Chillicothe Correctional Institution near Chillicothe, Ohio. Each prisoner on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's death row list was convicted of aggravated murder. As of January 12, 2006, the next prisoner scheduled for death was Ronald R. Philips, with an execution date in January 2017.

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In 2015, all executions were delayed into 2017 because the state could not obtain the lethal drugs sodium thiopental and pentobarbital, used to carry out the sentences. Ronald Philips was convicted of raping and killing a toddler in 1993. Jeffrey Wogenstahl, another prisoner whose sentence was delayed by the drug shortage, was convicted of kidnapping and murdering a young girl named Amber Garrett in 1991. In January of 2015, Wogenstahl published a letter claiming he was innocent of the crime.

Donna Roberts, the only woman on Ohio's death row as of January 2015, was convicted of murdering her husband. Roberts's attorney begged for the courts to commute her sentence on the grounds that she is mentally ill. Grady Brinkley, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in 2002, had a prior record for sexual violence and robbery.

Through the early 19th century, the state executed prisoners by hanging. For decades, prisoners could choose between death by the electric chair or lethal injection; however, Ohio now requires that all executions be carried out by lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. At the time of their scheduled executions, the DRC moves death row inmates to the Death House at SOCF.

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