Dennis McGuire case timeline

Key dates in case against Dennis McGuire, who was convicted of killing Joy Stewart:

Feb. 11, 1989: Joy Stewart, who was seven months pregnant, is last seen alive as she left in a car with Dennis McGuire.

Feb. 12, 1989: Two hikers discover Stewart’s body in woods near Bantas Creek. An autopsy finds she had been stabbed twice, her throat cut and she had been anally raped.

December 1989: McGuire, who was in prison on a separate criminal case, tells investigators that his brother-in-law Jerry Richardson killed Stewart and he leads them to the murder weapon on a local farm where McGuire and Richardson occasionally worked.

Dec. 24, 1989: McGuire tells his childhood friend visiting him in prison that he and Richardson killed Stewart.

June 1992:  An outside lab conducts DNA tests on biological evidence from the crime, eliminating Richardson and Stewart’s husband as the source of sperm in the rape. McGuire cannot be ruled out as a suspect, based on the testing.

Dec. 22, 1993: McGuire is indicted on aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping charges.

Dec. 8, 1994: McGuire is convicted on aggravated murder, anal rape and kidnapping charges and is sentenced to death.

Dec. 12, 2013: McGuire’s attorneys ask the Ohio Parole Board to recommend clemency for him. McGuire admits that he raped and killed Stewart.

Jan. 7, 2014: Gov. John Kasich denies clemency for McGuire.

Jan. 16, 2014: McGuire is executed and declared dead is 10:53 a.m.


Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.