Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow intellectually disabled people on death row to challenge their sentence.
A Memphis judge has ruled that new DNA testing results do not prove the innocence of a Tennessee man on death row. Pervis Payne’s DNA was located on multiple items in the apartment of a woman who he allegedly stabbed to death in 1987.
New DNA testing results could stop the execution of a Tennessee man scheduled to die this spring.
The state of Tennessee will not execute Pervis Payne next month, as planned.
Pervis Payne is set to be executed on Dec. 3, weeks before Tennessee’s next legislative session begins. His attorneys hope Gov. Bill Lee will postpone his execution while the bill makes it way through the legislative process.
A film that debuted last week at the Nashville Film Festival takes a deeper look at the conviction of Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman, whom Nashville’s district attorney has asked to be spared from a death sentence.
A Shelby County man who has spent more than three decades on death row for a crime he’s always said he did not commit has been granted one more chance to try to prove his innocence.
A new national report on racial disparities in the death penalty explores two high-profile cases that are winding their way through the courts here in Tennessee. It highlights the ways Black people are more likely to be discriminated against — from arrest to jury selection to execution.
Payne has never denied he was there. But his attorneys say testing could prove someone else was there, too. That could be enough to overturn his sentence.
A Tennessee man who is scheduled for execution this December is asking the state to give him one more chance to prove his innocence.