COLUMBUS, OH – Jan. 27, 2019 – Friday Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a reprieve of execution for Ohio inmate Warren Henness who was scheduled to be executed on February 13, 2019. The new date of execution has been moved to September 12, 2019.
Governor DeWine issued the reprieve following the decision and order issued January 14, 2019, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz that says in part:
“…executing him by Ohio’s current three-drug protocol will certainly or very likely cause him severe pain and needless suffering because of the dose of midazolam intended to be used will not render him sufficiently unconscious as to prevent him from suffering the severe pain caused by injection of the paralytic drug or potassium chloride or the severe pain and needless suffering caused by pulmonary edema from the midazolam itself…
“… this is not a result with which the Court is comfortable.