October is turning into one busy month on and off death row – with 10 executions scheduled and one already stayed, it will be busy in the courts for the next 30 days.
October 3rd – Originally scheduled for Wednesday, Terrance Williams’ execution was sentenced to death for lethal injection but received a stay of execution last week when a Pennsylvania judge granted him a new sentencing hearing.
October 9th – The next execution scheduled is also in Pennsylvania, Terry Chamberlain on October 9th. Chamberlain shot his estranged wife Sherri Chamberlain and her boyfriend Greg Inman in 1991. Chamberlain was sentenced to death in May 1994. A stay is expected in his execution.
October 10th – There are two executions scheduled on this date. The first is Jonathan Green, a Texas inmate. Green was convicted in 2000 of murdering a 12-year-old girl near Houston, Texas. His original execution date was scheduled in 2010 but he received a stay when the a Texas judge granted a hearing on Green’s mental competency. It is unlikely that Green will receive any more reprieves.
Also scheduled to die on October 10th is Pennsylvania inmate Andre Staton. Staton was convicted for the 2004 stabbing death of his girlfriend. Although his execution is only a week away, it is very likely he’ll receive a stay as all of his appeals have not yet been exhausted.
October 11th – David Ramtahal, another Pennsylvania inmate, was convicted for the 2006 murder of an 18-year-old man during an attempted armed robbery. Ramtahal fired a warning shot at the young man as he tried to escape the robbery, but the bullet him and he died from his injuries at an area hospital.
October 14th – South Dakota inmate, Eric Robert will receive his lethal injection on October 14th. Robert killed a state prison guard during a botched escape attempt with a lead pipe. Robert was visibly relieved when the harshest sentence was handed down. He wants his execution to be carried out as quickly as possible and has decided to for-go any last minute appeals and will not accept any executive clemency.
October 16th – John Ferguson’s execution, scheduled for the middle of the month, has already been tentatively stayed. Ferguson was convicted of murdering 8 people, execution style, in a drug related crime in 1977. The tentative stay is to determine his mental competency.
October 18th – Anthony Haynes has been on death row since he was 19 years old. He was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer. While the case seemed to be pretty straightforward, there have been many concerns about racial discrimination and poor legal representation in his case. Now 34- years-old, Haynes is only a few weeks away from an execution date. While he has many supporters and an Amnesty International campaign behind him, in the state of Texas, it may not matter.
October 28th -The second of two South Dakota executions will be Donald Moeller. Moeller was convicted and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 9-year-old little girl in 1990. Moeller has accepted the consequences of his crime and is prepared to die.
October 31st – Donnie Roberts is the last execution scheduled for October.