Stickney Case Interview Father Koeler Oct 1961: A priest comments on the series of delays in the execution of Howard Stickney. Stickney had been convicted of the 1958 murder of Shirley Barnes. (He was also accused of killing her husband Clifford Barnes, but was never indicted on that charge.) Stickney received 15 stays of execution before he was ultimately executed via electric chair on May 23, 1962, at the State Penitentiary in Huntsville. He was 24 years old.