COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued three reprieves of execution for three men on death row, one of whom is from East Cleveland, due to ongoing problems with acquiring the drugs involved in lethal injection.
DeWine issued the following reprieves:
- Elwood Hubert Jones, who was scheduled to be executed on April 21, 2021. The new date of execution has been moved to December 6, 2023.
- Gregory Lott, who was scheduled to be executed on May 27, 2021. The new date of execution has been moved to February 15, 2024.
- Archie Dixon, who was scheduled to be executed on June 23, 2021. The new date of execution has been moved to April 17, 2024.
Lott, the East Cleveland man, was convicted of setting a Cleveland man on fire in a 1986 robbery
Records show Lott broke into John McGrath’s home, doused him with flammable lamp oil, set him on fire, ransacked his home and then stole McGrath’s car. The victim died 10 days after the attack.
DeWine announced the reprieves were issued due to “ongoing problems involving the willingness of pharmaceutical suppliers to provide drugs to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, pursuant to DRC protocol, without endangering other Ohioans.”