Execution for Sierah Joughin's killer put on hold temporarily

Published: Aug. 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT
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The execution of the man convicted of killing Sierah Joughin has been temporarily put on hold. This ruling comes as the case of James Worley makes its way through the appeals process.

Every death penalty conviction case gets several appeals, which includes an automatic one in the Ohio Supreme Court.

Those justices are the ones that granted what's called a stay of execution for Worley. That puts the execution on hold for now.

Justices said in their ruling that no execution date is to be set while the appeal is pending.

Worley was convicted in the 2016 kidnapping and murder of the former University of Toledo student Sierah Joughin. Her body found a few days after the kidnapping in a Fulton County field.

Worley was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to the death penalty. A 2019 date was listed for the execution but that date was never set in stone as everyone involved knew the appeals were coming.

This is just temporary. Worley still may be put to death but this appeals process will be a several year process.