Ohio governor delays September execution amid drug shortage

May 13, 2022 GMT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday delayed by three years the September execution of a death row inmate sentenced to die for killing two men in a robbery that netted $40.

The governor’s action was one of several reprieves he’s issued in recent years as the state struggles to find an adequate supply of drugs for lethal injection.

DeWine’s reprieve moved the Sept. 15 execution date for Kareem Jackson, 48, to Dec. 10, 2025. It marks the second time in two years that DeWine delayed Jackson’s execution.

Jackson was convicted of killing Antorio Hunter and Terrance Walker in 1997 after robbing them of $40, marijuana and a cell phone.

An Oct. 26 execution date remains for now for Quisi Bryan, convicted of killing a Cleveland police officer in 2000.

Earlier this month, an inmate on death row for more than 30 years for killing his 3-year-old son in an arson fire died of a heart attack.

The state’s last execution was July 18, 2018, when Ohio put to death Robert Van Hook for killing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985.