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  • Current: Death Penalty Information
  • Seventy percent of the world’s nations have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, including 36 since 2000.
  • 29 states, plus the federal government and the military, have a death penalty statute on their books. 21 states do not.
  • New York’s death penalty statute was struck down by its state supreme court on procedural grounds in 2004 and it has not been replaced.
    • New Jersey repealed its death penalty in 2007, New Mexico followed suit in 2009, Illinois in 2011, Connecticut in 2012, Maryland in 2013, and New Hampshire in 2019.
    • The Nebraska legislature repealed its death penalty in 2015, but a ballot measure struck down the ban in 2016.
    • In 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court struck down its state's death penalty, and in 2018, the Washington Supreme Court did the same.
    • Four additional states have governor-imposed moratoria on executions: California, Oregon, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

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  • Indiana Quick Facts

Indiana's Death Penalty History

County Filed In         
Defendant
Date Death Penalty Filed                          
Current Status            
Marion
John Adams
2/24/2000
Pending Trial, found incompetent to stand trial on October 2000

Marion

Jason Brown
9/28/2017
Pending Trial..

Sentenced

Inmate

Current Status

03/26/1993
Eric D. Holmes
Cert. from Federal Habeas denial denied.
8/26/1999
Joseph Corcoran
Cert. from Federal Habeas denial denied.
7/31/2000
MIchael Dean Overstreet
Affirmed on Federal Habeas; cert. denied by U.S.S.Ct.  Found incompetent to be executed, 11/10/2014, on state successor PCR.  AG did not appeal.
10/15/2002
Benjamin Ritchie
Cert. from Federal Habeas denial denied.
6/9/2005
Frederick Michael Baer
Death sentence reversed on Federal Habeas; state cert. pet. denied; state is seeking new penalty phase
6/8/2007
Roy Ward
Cert. from Federal Habeas denial denied. Lethal injection litigation pending on transfer.
3/8/2013
Kevin Isom
Pending State Post-Conviction Review
7/11/2013
Jeffrey Weisheit
State Post-Conviction Denied, Affirmed on Appeal
11/26/2013
William Clyde Gibson III
State Post-conviction denied, appeal pending
8/15/2014
William Clyde Gibson III
State Post-conviction denied, appeal pending.

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