Nathaniel Jackson, Ohio


Updated: Monday, July 13, 2020

Nathaniel E. Jackson was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. His execution date has been removed from Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections’ online execution schedule. Forty-eight-year-old Nathaniel is convicted of murdering 57-year-old Robert Fingerhut, on December 11, 2001, at Robert’s home in Howland Township, Ohio. Nathaniel has been on death row in Ohio for the last 17 years.

Donna Roberts was living with her ex-husband, Robert Fingerhut, who had two life insurance polices, both of which named Donna as the beneficiary. The couple had a cordial relationship, as they had divorced shortly after they were married for financial and business reasons. After their divorce, the two continued living together, and most who knew them assumed they were married, as Robert would refer to Donna as his wife.

Sometime in 1999, Donna began having an affair with Nathaniel Jackson. In 2001, Jackson was imprisoned, however he maintained his relationship with Donna through letters and telephone calls, many of which were recorded.

Through the letters and telephone calls, Donna and Jackson plotted to kill her ex-husband, Robert. Several times, Jackson promised to kill Robert once Jackson was released from prison. In preparation for the murder and at Jackson’s request, Donna purchased a ski mask and a pair of gloves for Jackson. The day before his release, Donna and Jackson spoke by phone, going over the plan for the murder.


Jackson was released from prison on December 9, 2001. On December 11, 2001, Robert was shot to death in his home.


Donna had called the police to report the murder, which had also resulted in the theft of Robert’s car. Police searched the house and Donna’s car, discovering over 100 letters that Donna had sent to Jackson, and over 100 letters Jackson had sent to Donna. The murder was discussed in the letters. Robert’s car was found the following day in Youngstown, Ohio.


Jackson was arrested on December 21, 2001, at a friend’s home in Youngstown. At the time of his arrest, police also discovered bloodstained gloves and a pair of shoes. Also at the time of his arrest, Jackson had a bandage around his left index finger. The left index finger was also missing from the bloodstained gloves. Police later determined that the tread pattern on the seized shoes matched the shoe print left in blood near Robert’s body.


Jackson admitted to the shooting to the police, however he claimed it was in self-defense after Robert pulled a gun on him. During the struggle for the gun, both men were injured. Additionally, Jackson claimed Robert was alive when he fled the scene in Robert’s car. Police were also able to match bloodstains found inside Robert’s stolen car to Jackson.


Jackson and Donna were sentenced to death in separate trials.


Jackson’s execution date was removed from Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections’ online execution schedule, without comment, and has not been rescheduled.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Robert Fingerhut. Pray for strength for the family of Nathaniel Jackson. Pray that if Nathaniel is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided. Pray that Nathanial may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.



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