Gov. Mike DeWine recently issued three reprieves for convicted murderers on death row in the state - including a Trumbull County man convicted of murdering his adoptive grandmother.

Sean Carter, 46,  who was scheduled to be executed in January of next year is now scheduled to be executed on November 17, 2027.

DeWine issued the reprieves because of the ongoing problems involving the "willingness of the pharmaceutical suppliers to provide drugs" to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, according to a news release from his office.

In 1997, Carter was convicted of violently murdering Veader Prince in her Farmington Township home when he was 18 years old.

According to a bill of particulars filed in Carter's case, he repeatedly beat Prince with his fists, stabbed her with a knife multiple times and raped her.

He's been on death row since 1998. However, both prosecutors and defense attorneys working the case now are requesting he be taken off of death row because he is a diagnosed functioning schizophrenic.

They cited a 2003 case of Virginia v. Atkins which established it is illegal to execute a mentally handicapped person.

Prosecutors have requested a new mental evaluation on Carter and the defense is asking for that evaluation to be recorded. If the court does not approve the order, the defense also wants the judge to allow their own expert to evaluate Carter.

A hearing on that matter was scheduled for June 13 but was continued. A new date has yet to be set.

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