Death Row Executions

Steven Brian Pennell
Executed On March 14, 1992
Age (at time of execution): 34
Race: White
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st (2 Counts)
Method of Execution: 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
Age (at time of execution): 38
Race: Indian
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder
Method of Execution: 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
Age (at time of execution): 33
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder
Method of Execution: 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
Age (at time of execution): 45
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder
Method of Execution: 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
Age (at time of execution): 27
Race: White
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder
Method of Execution: 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
Age (at time of execution): 49
Race: White
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder
Method of Execution: Hanging
Sentenced to death following a murder conviction of an elderly couple in Cheswold, Delaware

William H. Flamer
Executed On January 30, 1996
Age (at time of execution): 41
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder
Method of Execution: 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
Age (at time of execution): 39
Race: White
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder
Method of Execution: 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: 06/29/1961
Race: White
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st (3 Counts)
Method of Execution: 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: 07/17/1972
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Method of Execution: 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: 08/09/1963
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st (2 Counts)
Method of Execution: 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: 04/01/1955
Race: White
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Murder of Kenton-Area Bookkeeper following Dawson's Escape from Prison
Method of Execution: 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: 09/07/1963
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st (2 Counts)
Method of Execution: 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: 12/14/1968
Race: White
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st (3 Counts)
Method of Execution: 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: 05/24/1973
Race: White
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Method of Execution: Lethal Injection
Convicted of killing Elizabeth Girardi with an ax during a botched robbery at her Hockessin home in 1992.

Shannon M. Johnson
Executed On April 20, 2012
Date of Birth: 11/18/1983
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Method of Execution: Lethal Injection
Convicted of killing Cameron Hamlin in 2006.

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.)