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’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.
Nicholas Sutton thanked his family, friends and God before he was executed by electric chair Thursday night. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing a fellow inmate while in prison for three other murders he committed as a teen. Sutton is the seventh person executed in Tennessee since the end of a nine-year […]
Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday that he won’t intervene in Nicholas Sutton’s scheduled execution Thursday. Sutton will likely die in the electric chair Thursday night for killing a fellow inmate in January of 1985. That’s after more than a dozen people asked the governor to let Sutton spend the rest of his life in prison. […]
Lee Hall was executed Thursday night at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. It was the sixth in a string of executions in Tennessee since a nine-year lapse ended in 2018, and the fourth of those to be in the electric chair.
Tennessee will execute its sixth death row inmate Thursday night since a hiatus ended in 2018. The courts and Gov. Bill Lee have denied all of Lee Hall’s last-minute appeals thus far. Now, Hall faces the electric chair. He’s the state’s fourth death row inmate to choose electrocution over lethal injection in the past year.