COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has set a 2020 execution date for a gang member who fatally shot a 3-year-old boy.
The court ruled 6-1 Tuesday in the case of John Drummond. Drummond was convicted of killing 3-month-old Jiyen (JEYE’-ehn) Dent Jr. in March 2003 when a bullet hit him in the head as he was sitting in a baby swing in the living room of his home.
Authorities said Drummond and an accomplice fired 11 shots from an assault rifle and several more from a 9 mm handgun into the homes of the child and a neighbor in Youngstown.
The court scheduled a Sept. 17, 2020 execution date for the 39-year-old Drummond.
The execution’s likelihood is unclear since the state has struggled to find supplies of lethal injection drugs.