Delaware Executions
# NAME AGE RACE SEX OCCUPATION CRIME METHOD DATE MTPL COUNTY
1 TURC   ? MALE SLAVE ATTEMPTED MURDER HANGING JAN 19 1662   SUSSEX
2 ROE, JUDITH   WHITE FEMALE ? MURDER HANGING MAR 15 1688   KENT
3 BEVAN, CATHARINE 51 WHITE FEMALE HOUSEWIFE MURDER BURNED SEP   1731 1 NEW CASTLE
4 MURPHY, PETER   WHITE MALE SERVANT MURDER HANGING SEP   1731 2 NEW CASTLE
5 SEXTON, MARGARET   WHITE FEMALE ? MURDER HANGING JUN 17 1751   NEW CASTLE
6 DUFFY, JAMES   WHITE MALE ? MURDER HANGING AUG 27 1754   KENT
7 BROWN, DAVID   WHITE MALE ? HOUSEBRKNG-BURGL HANGING JUN 4 1757 1 NEW CASTLE
8 COUGHLIN, JAMES   WHITE MALE ? HOUSEBRKNG-BURGL HANGING JUN 4 1757 2 NEW CASTLE
9 BARCLAY, HUGH   WHITE MALE ? HOUSEBRKNG-BURGL HANGING JUN 9 1770   NEW CASTLE
10 KIRK, SARAH   WHITE FEMALE ? MURDER HANGING ?   1787   ?
11 SMITH, JOHN   ? MALE ? MURDER HANGING DEC 21 1815   NEW CASTLE
12 PIPER, WILLIAM   WHITE MALE ? MURDER HANGING APR 18 1820   SUSSEX
13 ELLIOTT, JACOB   BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING DEC 31 1822   NEW CASTLE
14 SHARP, ELISHA   WHITE MALE ? MURDER HANGING ?   1825   SUSSEX
15 MORRIS, ROBERT   ? MALE ? MURDER HANGING ?   1831   SUSSEX
16 WARD, SAMUEL 22 BLACK MALE PRISONER MURDER HANGING SEP 8 1852   NEW CASTLE
17 BOWEN, JOHN   WHITE MALE ? MURDER HANGING FEB 10 1860   NEW CASTLE
18 ARMSTRONG, ANDREW 53 WHITE MALE FARMER MURDER HANGING FEB 8 1867   NEW CASTLE
19 CANNON, JOHN   BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING DEC 14 1869 1 SUSSEX
20 BRADLEY, SARAH   BLACK FEMALE ? MURDER HANGING DEC 14 1869 2 SUSSEX
21 JENKINS, LEVI   BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING DEC 14 1869 3 SUSSEX
22 JOHNSON, BENJAMIN   ? MALE ? RAPE HANGING ?   1870   SUSSEX
23 JONES, JOSHUA   BLACK MALE FARM HAND RAPE HANGING FEB 4 1870 1 NEW CASTLE
24 CARPENTER, LOUIS   BLACK MALE FARM HAND RAPE HANGING FEB 4 1870 2 NEW CASTLE
25 BURTON, JOSEPH   BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING JUN 20 1873   SUSSEX
26 HURLEY, CLEMENT   ? MALE ? MURDER HANGING ?   1875   SUSSEX
27 RHODES, JOHN 24 BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING SEP 21 1877   NEW CASTLE
28 CHAMBERS, SAMUEL 35 BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING MAR 22 1878 1 NEW CASTLE
29 COLLINS, GEORGE 19 BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING MAR 22 1878 2 NEW CASTLE
30 REDDEN, JAMES 21 BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING AUG 25 1882   NEW CASTLE
31 ROBINSON, CHARLES   BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING APR 16 1886   NEW CASTLE
32 PROCTOR, JESSE 34 BLACK MALE FARM LABORER MURDER-ROBBERY HANGING FEB 13 1891 1 KENT
33 YOUNG, FREDRICK 17 BLACK MALE FARM LABORER MURDER-ROBBERY HANGING FEB 13 1891 2 KENT
34 REEVES, SHAKESPEARE   BLACK MALE FARM LABORER RAPE HANGING MAR 6 1891   NEW CASTLE
35 THOROUGHGOOD, JAMES   BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING AUG 7 1891   KENT
36 WRIGHT, EDWARD   BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING JUL 1 1897   NEW CASTLE
37 GORDY, JAMES   ? MALE ? MURDER HANGING JUN 11 1897   SUSSEX
38 JOINER, JOHN 25 BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING SEP 2 1904   NEW CASTLE
39 JONES, LEWIS 30 ? MALE ? MURDER HANGING JAN 11 1907   NEW CASTLE
40 ARCHER, WILLIAM 21 ? MALE ? MURDER HANGING JAN 25 1907   NEW CASTLE
41 ROBERTS, REESE 30 BLACK MALE ? MURDER-ROBBERY HANGING JUL 14 1911   NEW CASTLE
42 KRAKUS, PETER 25 WHITE MALE CRIMINAL MURDER HANGING MAY 14 1915   NEW CASTLE
43 PRETTYMAN, WILLIAM 29 BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING SEP 28 1917 1 NEW CASTLE
44 HARGUS, ADAM 34 BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING SEP 28 1917 2 NEW CASTLE
45 PURNELL, WEBSTER 36 BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING SEP 28 1917 3 NEW CASTLE
46 GANGUS, SAMUEL 24 WHITE MALE ? MURDER HANGING JAN 11 1918   NEW CASTLE
47 THOMAS, ERNEST 21 BLACK MALE TRAMP RAPE HANGING NOV 26 1920   NEW CASTLE
48 PRICE, LEMUEL 24 BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING DEC 3 1920   NEW CASTLE
49 BUTLER, HARRY 21 BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING FEB 26 1926   SUSSEX
50 SKINNER, CARL 27 BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING MAY 27 1927   SUSSEX
51 GALVANO, LOUIS 21 WHITE MALE SOLDIER MURDER HANGING MAR 28 1930   NEW CASTLE
52 ROSS, THEODORE 24 BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING AUG 22 1930   NEW CASTLE
53 MORGAN, JOHN 44 WHITE MALE FARM HAND MURDER HANGING ?   1935   KENT
54 CAREY, MAY 52 WHITE FEMALE HOUSEWIFE MURDER HANGING JUN 7 1935 1 SUSSEX
55 CAREY, HOWARD 28 WHITE MALE ? MURDER HANGING JUN 7 1935 2 SUSSEX
56 SCOTT, GEORGE 26 BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING NOV 20 1936   NEW CASTLE
57 OPHER, ISAIAH 36 BLACK MALE SOLDIER MURDER-RAPE HANGING JAN 3 1937   NEW CASTLE
58 NELSON, JOSEPH 36 BLACK MALE FARM LABORER MURDER HANGING JUN 4 1937   SUSSEX
59 ROBINSON, CURNEL 34 BLACK MALE ? RAPE HANGING JAN 14 1941   NEW CASTLE
60 ERNEST, RALPH 33 WHITE MALE ? RAPE HANGING JAN 9 1942   NEW CASTLE
61 BUTLER, ANDERSON 23 BLACK MALE SOLDIER RAPE HANGING DEC 7 1945   NEW CASTLE
62 STURDIVANT, FORREST 34 BLACK MALE ? MURDER HANGING MAY 10 1946   SUSSEX


Inmates Executed in Delaware Since 1992

Name

Date of Execution

Age (at time of execution)

Race & Gender

Offense

Method of Execution

Conviction

Steven Brian Pennell

Executed On March 14, 1992

34

White Male

Murder 1st (2 Counts)

Lethal Injection

Convicted Serial Killer was sentenced to death following a murder conviction of two (2) New Castle County women.

James Allen Red Dog

Executed On March 3, 1993

38

Indian Male

Murder

Lethal Injection

Sentenced to death following a murder conviction of a 30 year old Brandywine Hundred man.

Kenneth W. DeShields

Executed On August 31, 1993

33

Black Male

Murder

Lethal Injection

Sentenced to death following a murder conviction of a 67 year old Sussex County landfill worker.

Andre S. Deputy

Executed On June 23, 1994

45

Black Male

Murder

Lethal Injection

Sentenced to death following a murder conviction for his part in the brutal slayings of an elderly Harrington couple in 1979.

Nelson W. Shelton

Executed On March 17, 1995

27

White Male

Murder

Lethal Injection

Sentenced to death on April 30, 1993, for his part in the 1992 brutal slaying of a robbery victim.
For the first time in state history, Superior Court Judge Jerome O. Herlihy, sentenced three people to death for committing a single murder.
Nelson Shelton, along with his brother Steven Shelton, and cousin Jack Outten were all convicted of first degree murder for their part in the bludgeon death of a man who's body was found on East Seventh Street in Wilmington near the Christiana River.

Billy Bailey

Executed On January 25, 1996

49

White Male

Murder

Hanging

Sentenced to death following a murder conviction of an elderly couple in Cheswold, Delaware

William H Flamer

Executed On January 30, 1996

41

Black Male

Murder

Lethal Injection

Sentenced to death following a murder conviction for his part in the brutal slayings of an elderly Harrington couple (his Aunt & Uncle) in 1979.

James B Clark Jr

Executed On April 19, 1996

39

White Male

Murder

Lethal Injection

Sentenced to death following a murder conviction for the murder of his adoptive parents on May 22, 1994
(30 days after being released from spending 21 years in prison).

David J. Lawrie

Executed On April 23, 1999

Date of Birth June 29, 1961

White Male

Murder 1st (3 Counts)

Lethal Injection

Intentionally set Rodney Village house on fire, killing his estranged wife and 2 children as well as a neighbor's child.

Willie G Sullivan

Executed On September 24, 1999

Date of Birth July 17, 1972

Black Male

Murder 1st

Lethal Injection

Sullivan pleaded guilty December 2, 1992 to first degree murder in the stabbing and blunt force death of his ex-employer Maurice W. Dodd, 78.
Dodd, owner of Dodd's Nursery & Flower Garden in Frederica, was killed in 1991.
On December 30, 1992, Superior Court President Judge Henry DuPont Ridgely sentenced Sullivan to death.

Dwayne L Weeks

Executed On November 17, 2000

Date of Birth August 9, 1963

Black Male

Murder 1st (2 Counts)

Lethal Injection

Weeks burst into the New Castle apartment of his estranged wife Gwendolyn Weeks and shot her and her co-worker Craig Williams in 1992.

David F. Dawson

Executed On April 26, 2001

Date of Birth April 1, 1955

White Male

Murder 1st
Murder of Kenton-Area Bookkeeper following Dawson's Escape from Prison

Lethal Injection

David F. Dawson was found guilty of first degree murder in the December 1, 1986 slaying of Madeline M. Kisner of Kenton.
On April 2, 1993, Dawson was sentenced to death by lethal injection by Judge Henry DuPont Ridgely.
This is the second time Dawson has been sentenced to death.
The first death sentence was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court and sent back for a new penalty hearing in 1992.

Abdullah Tanzil Hameen (formerly Cornelius Ferguson)

Executed On May 25, 2001

Date of Birth September 7, 1963

Black Male

Murder 1st (2 Counts)

Lethal Injection

Hameen was convicted in November 1992 of shooting college student/drug dealer Troy Hodges, 22.
Hodges was shot in the parking lot of the TriState Mall near Claymont the night of August 5, 1991.

Brian D. Steckel

Executed On November 04, 2005

Date of Birth December 14, 1968

White Male

Murder 1st (3 Counts)

Lethal Injection

Broke into the home of Sandra Lee Long, raped and strangled her then set her on fire.
He later gloated in letters to Long's mother.

Robert W. Jackson, III

Executed On July 29, 2011

Date of Birth May 24, 1973

White Male

Murder 1st

Lethal Injection

Convicted of killing Elizabeth Girardi with an ax during a botched robbery at her Hockessin home in 1992.


NOTE: In June of 1986 legislation was enacted that made lethal injection the mode of execution in Delaware. The law also stipulates that persons sentenced to death prior to the laws enactment, have the choice of choosing their mode of execution (either hanging or lethal injection).

On April 11, 1994, Governor Thomas R. Carper signed into law legislation (Senate Bill #57) that mandates the time that an execution is to be carried out (between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 03:00 a.m.)



Inmates Currently Sentenced to Death in Delaware

Name

Date of Birth

Race & Gender

Offense

Sentenced to Death

Date of Offense

Luis G. Cabrera

November 7, 1969

White Male

Murder 1st (2 Counts)

March 14 2002

January 23 1996

Robert A. Gattis

November 11, 1961

Black Male

Murder 1st

October 29 1992

May 10 1990

Robert W. Jackson, III

May 24, 1973

White Male

Murder 1st

April 28 1993

April 3 1992

Shannon M. Johnson

November 18, 1983

Black Male

Murder 1st

September 5 2008

September 24 2006

Michael R. Manley

July 29, 1974

Black Male

Murder 1st

February 3 2006

November 13 1995

Adam W. Norcross

July 25, 1970

Black Male

Murder 1st

October 3 2001

November 4 1996

Juan J. Ortiz

February 26, 1972

White Male

Murder 1st

September 26 2003

July 6 2001

Gary W. Ploof

March 19, 1964

White Male

Murder 1st

August 22 2003

November 3 2001

Derrick J. Powell

February 6, 1987

Black Male

Murder 1st

May 20 2011

September 1 2009

Luis E. Reyes

February 8, 1977

White Male

Murder 1st (2 Counts)

March 14 2002

January 21 1996

Steven W. Shelton

July 11, 1965

White Male

Murder 1st

April 30 1993

January 12 1992

Leslie D. Small

January 1, 1958

Black Male

Murder 1st

July 22 2011

November 12 2009

Chauncy S. Starling

December 30, 1974

Black Male

Murder 1st (2 Counts)

June 10 2004

March 9 2001

David D. Stevenson

June 6, 1974

Black Male

Murder 1st

February 3 2006

November 13 1995

Ralph E. Swan

March 25, 1971

White Male

Murder 1st

October 3 2001

November 4 1996

Ambrose L. Sykes

September 28, 1972

Black Male

Murder 1st

September 20 2006

November 7 2004

Emmett Taylor III

August 19, 1962

Black Male

Murder 1st

March 12 2010

August 13 2007

Milton E. Taylor

November 15, 1968

Black Male

Murder 1st

July 6 2001

March 23 2000

Jermaine Marlow Wright

October 11, 1972

Black Male

Murder 1st (2 Counts)

October 29 1992

January 14 1991

Craig A. Zebroski

September 6, 1977

White Male

Murder 1st

August 18 1997

April 26 1996


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