- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has set execution dates for five condemned killers in 2018 and 2019, pushing the state’s capital punishment schedule out to its farthest-ever point.

Monday’s announcement means Lucas County death row inmate Timothy Hoffner, with a May 29, 2019 date, won’t face execution for nearly four years.

The court’s ruling means 21 inmates now have scheduled execution dates in Ohio, at a time when the state continues to struggle to find a supply of lethal drugs.

The court also set an Aug. 1, 2018, date for Stark County inmate David Sneed; an Oct. 10, 2018, date for Hamilton County inmate James O’Neal; a Jan. 9, 2019, execution date for Hamilton County inmate Elwood Jones; and a March 20, 2019, execution date for Lucas County inmate Archie Dixon.

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