Update: Monday, August 31, 2015 9:35 am EDT
William T. Montgomery was scheduled to be executed at 10 am EST, on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Williams execution has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 15, 2016. Forty-nine-year-old William is convicted of murdering 20-year-old Debra Ogle and 19-year-old Cynthia Tincher on March 8, 1986, in Toledo, Ohio. William has spent the past 28 years on Ohio's death row.
William Montgomery knew Debra Ogle and Cynthia Tincher. Both women were known to be alive during the early morning hours of March 8, 1986. Following a night of drinking, Montgomery, along with friend Glover Heard, took a cab to the apartment shared by Debra and Cynthia. Montgomery was armed with a .38 caliber pistol. Debra agreed to give the men a ride to Montgomery's mother's house on her way to work. Montgomery sat in the front seat providing directions, eventually having Debra stop along a road. Montgomery and Debra walked away from the car into a field. Heard then heard a gun fire twice and saw Debra's body lying on the ground.
Montgomery drove Debra's car back to her apartment and gave the keys to Heard, telling him to take the car. Heard took Debra's wallet when he abandoned the car. When Debra never reported for work, police listed her as missing. Montgomery took the gun and entered the apartment.
A black person wearing a dark hooded jacket with the hood tied tight around their face was seen leaving Cynthia's car later that day. Cynthia was found in her car. She was killed by a single gunshot to the head.
Montgomery was arrested on March 12, 1986, on an unrelated charge. Montgomery confessed that his gun was the murder weapon, however, he was not the shooter. Montgomery blamed the murder on Heard, saying Heard confessed to him. Montgomery eventually led police to Debra's body, but continued to blame the murders on Heard.
Heard made a plea deal and pled guilty to one count of complicity to murder and testified against Montgomery. A jury found Montgomery guilty of murder and aggravated robbery.
William Montgomery previously had an execution date of August 6, 2014. His execution was delayed following the January 2014, execution of Dennis McGuire, who was executed in Ohio using a new two-drug execution process. The execution took longer than expected, with debate over whether Dennis was full unconscious for the execution. Due to the investigation which occurred after the execution dates, Ohio rescheduled all of their planned executions. Further delays have caused William’s September 17, 2015, execution to be delayed until August 15, 2016.
In January of 2015, Ohio announced that it would not carry out any executions this year in order to allow the state to obtain execution drugs and implement a new execution protocol. Read more information here. Along with this announcement, Ohio also rescheduled all 2015 executions. William's execution is now scheduled for August 15, 2016.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Debra Ogle and Cynthia Tincher. Please pray for strength for the family of William Montgomery. Please pray that if William is innocent or lacks the competency to be executed, evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that William will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.