Indiana Set to Resume Executions After Over a Decade

Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS — June 26, 2024

Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Attorney General Todd Rokita announced today their intention to resume executions in Indiana, starting with convicted murderer Joseph Corcoran, responsible for the deaths of four people in 1997.

“After years of effort, the Indiana Department of Correction has acquired a drug—pentobarbital—which can be used to carry out executions. Accordingly, I am fulfilling my duties as governor to follow the law and move forward appropriately in this matter,” Gov. Holcomb said.

Joseph Corcoran was found guilty of the 1997 murders of four people. He exhausted his appeals in 2016 and has been awaiting execution since.

“In Indiana, state law authorizes the death penalty as a means of providing justice for victims of society’s most heinous crimes and holding perpetrators accountable,” Attorney General Rokita said. “Further, it serves as an effective deterrent for certain potential offenders who might otherwise commit similar extreme crimes of violence. Now that the Indiana Department of Correction is prepared to carry out the lawfully imposed sentence, it’s incumbent on our justice system to immediately enable executions in our prisons to resume. Today, I am filing a motion asking the Indiana Supreme Court to set a date for the execution of Joseph Corcoran.”

Indiana last put a man to death in December 2009, when it executed Matthew Eric Wrinkles. All the men on Indiana death row reside in the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

Other states have faced issues obtaining pharmaceutical supplies for executions, but the manner in which Indiana obtained the pentobarbital for the execution is not disclosed in the press release from Rokita’s office.

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