Gov. Mike DeWine grants execution reprieve to death row inmate


Quisi Bryan was convicted of killing a Cleveland police officer

Quisi Bryan, who is representing himself, listens to his advisory counsel Cullen Sweeney inside Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, OH, Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Bryan is on death row for killing Cleveland patrolman Wayne Leon back in 2000.

Quisi Bryan, who is representing himself, listens to his advisory counsel Cullen Sweeney inside Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, OH, Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Bryan is on death row for killing Cleveland patrolman Wayne Leon back in 2000.


Marvin Fong | The Plain Dealer (TNS)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Cleveland man who shot and killed a Cleveland patrol officer in 2000 will remain on death row for another three years, under a reprieve of execution issued Friday by Gov. Mike DeWine.

Quisi Bryan, 51, now is scheduled to be executed on Jan. 7, 2026. He had been scheduled to be executed in October until DeWine issued the reprieve on Friday.

A news release from the governor’s office announcing the reprieve cited the state’s continued trouble obtaining drugs needed to perform lethal injections, the state’s legal method of execution. DeWine repeatedly has postponed executions since taking office in January 2019 and has called on state lawmakers to come up with an alternative method while strongly suggesting he opposes the death penalty.

State lawmakers meanwhile have taken no action to address the issue, leaving the state’s death penalty in a form of legal purgatory.

Bryan is on death row for fatally shooting Leon in the face on June 25, 2000, after the officer pulled him over for a traffic violation in the city’s Central neighborhood. Leon died instantly and Bryan was eventually captured in Columbus.

He also is serving prison time for four separate sexual assault cases that happened before his arrest in Leon’s killing. He was convicted after a state initiative to test old, unexamined rape kits sitting in police evidence matched his DNA.

Quisi Bryan, who is representing himself, listens to his advisory counsel Cullen Sweeney inside Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, OH, Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Bryan is on death row for killing Cleveland patrolman Wayne Leon back in 2000.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/06/web1_20220625-AMX-US-NEWS-GOV-MIKE-DEWINE-GRANTS-EXECUTION-1-PLD.jpgQuisi Bryan, who is representing himself, listens to his advisory counsel Cullen Sweeney inside Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, OH, Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Bryan is on death row for killing Cleveland patrolman Wayne Leon back in 2000. Marvin Fong | The Plain Dealer (TNS)
Quisi Bryan was convicted of killing a Cleveland police officer

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