Governor Mike DeWine has pushed back a Lima man's execution date to 2021.
41-year-old Cleveland Jackson was scheduled to die by lethal injection in November of this year, but DeWine has given him a reprieve until January 13, 2021. A complaint was made against the attorneys that represented Jackson, and DeWine says it was a serious allegation and needed to be resolved before the disciplinary process can move forward. Jackson was found guilty for the 2002 deaths of 17-year-old Leneshia Williams and 3-year-old Jayla Grant, who were killed during a robbery.
Jackson and his half-brother Jeronique Cunningham lined up the 8 people inside the apartment and shot them. The other six were seriously injured. Jackson's previous execution date was delayed because Ohio was looking for a new drug combination to use during the execution.
Press Release from the office of Governor Mike DeWine
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a reprieve of execution for Cleveland Jackson, who was scheduled to be executed on November 13, 2019. The new date of execution has been moved to January 13, 2021.
Governor DeWine is issuing this reprieve due to developments regarding two of Jackson's former legal counsel. On Friday, a certified disciplinary complaint was made public against the attorneys specifically related to their representation of Jackson. While a certified disciplinary complaint is only an allegation, this is a serious allegation raising significant questions that need to be resolved in the disciplinary process. It is prudent to issue a reprieve in this matter until the disciplinary process is resolved.
Ongoing issues remain involving the ability of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to acquire drugs pursuant to their protocol.