Inmates on death row in Tennessee were granted reprieve on Friday when Gov. Bill Lee announced that the state’s highest court will not reschedule executions, for now.
Gov. Bill Lee is changing the way Tennessee carries out its executions, following an independent review of the state’s lethal injections.
Middle Tennessee’s federal public defender is asking Gov. Bill Lee to halt all executions until an independent group can review the state’s protocols. The defense attorneys sent a letter to the governor Thursday morning, one week after he granted a last-minute reprieve for Oscar Smith.
Oscar Smith was not killed by the state of Tennessee as planned Thursday night.
Gov. Bill Lee granted Smith a temporary reprieve barely an hour before the execution was scheduled to take place, citing “an oversight in preparation for lethal injection.”
Update: About 15 minutes before Oscar Smith was scheduled to be executed, Gov. Bill Lee released this statement: “Due to an oversight in preparation for lethal injection, the scheduled execution of Oscar Smith will not move forward tonight. I am granting a temporary reprieve while we address Tennessee Department of Correction protocol. Further details will […]
Oscar Smith’s attorneys think lethal injection is cruel and unusual. But he doesn’t want to choose the electric chair, either. Instead, they’re asking for an alternative: firing squad.
Attorneys have filed a last-minute plea to reopen a death penalty case before their client’s scheduled execution later this month at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.
When Pervis Payne walked into a Memphis courtroom on Tuesday morning, he hugged his attorney and sobbed.