Update: August 5, 2014  11:50 am EDT

William T. Montgomery has had his August 6, 2014, execution stayed.  The execution was to occur 10 am EST, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio.  He has been granted a temporary stay of execution by Judge Gregory Frost and been rescheduled for February 11, 2015.  Forty-eight-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.

Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire was executed in January of 2014, using a new two-drug execution process that had not previously been used in any other state.  The execution took far longer than expected and numerous reports indicated that McGuire made several unusual sounds during the execution.  Following the execution, Ohio conducted a review of their execution procedure and McGuire’s death, eventually concluding that McGuire was unconscious for the execution.  However, to alleviate any concerns, Ohio announced that it planned to increase the dosage of each drug used.  In late May, Federal Judge Gregory Frost ordered that all executions be stayed until August 15, at the earliest, to allow time for appeals of Ohio’s new execution procedure.  William's August 6, 2014, execution, has been stayed and rescheduled to February 11, 2015.

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.

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 William will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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