The head of Tennessee’s prison system is leaving state government. Tony Parker announced his retirement Tuesday, effective this fall.
In this episode, we’ll take you through the emotional day in court when former Officer Andrew Delke took a plea deal instead of going to trial.
Serious crimes in the state fell by 5% in 2020. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its annual crime report, and law enforcement authorities say the pandemic is responsible for much of the downturn.
Pervis Payne has spent most of his life on death row for murders he says he didn’t commit. Now, his attorneys and the state are sparring over what evidence should be used to determine he has an intellectual disability, as many believe, and should be spared the death penalty.
A man who’s been on Tennessee’s death row for more than 30 years has recently seen a flurry of activity in his case. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has joined the campaign to release Pervis Payne, and he faces a key hearing on a claim that could save him from execution.
Walter Searcy has been pushing for changes at the Nashville police department for half a century. And he’s been closely following the case of Andrew Delke, the police officer who resigned before taking a plea deal for a lesser charge last week just before his murder trial was set to begin.
Jury selection was supposed to begin Tuesday morning for the first trial of a Nashville police officer charged with murder. Instead, Andrew Delke is now serving a three-year sentence for manslaughter. Criminal justice reporter Samantha Max spoke with WPLN’s Morning Edition host Nina Cardona about the plea deal.
A Nashville judge accepted Officer Andrew Delke’s guilty plea in court Friday morning, sentencing him to three years in jail for a fatal shooting in 2018. But the family of Daniel Hambrick, the man Delke killed, made it clear that they do not approve of the deal.
A plea agreement that will allow a Nashville police officer to avoid a trial on a first-degree murder charge is drawing sharp criticisms. “A slap on the hand,” reads a statement from the Tennessee State Conference of the NAACP.
A police officer is expected to appear in a Nashville courtroom today to plead guilty to manslaughter for the 2018 shooting of Daniel Hambrick.