Crime Tennessee executes its first inmate in nearly a decade

04:35  10 august  2018
04:35  10 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Tennessee to execute man for rape and murder of 7-year-old girl

  Tennessee to execute man for rape and murder of 7-year-old girl <p>Tennessee is set to hold its first execution in nearly a decade on Thursday when it plans to put to death by lethal injection a man convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl he was babysitting.</p>Lawyers for inmate Billy Irick, 59, launched a last-minute appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to spare his life, saying he has suffered from psychosis for his entire life and putting him to death would violate legal norms barring the execution of people with severe mental disorders or disabilities.

Tennessee executes its first inmate in nearly a decade . Tech billionaire Henry Nicholas facing drug counts in Vegas. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of Tennessee inmate Billy Ray Irick (all times local): 7:50 p.m.

(AP) — Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009 on Thursday evening, barring any last-minute intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change. Billy Ray Irick, 59, is scheduled to die by lethal injection with Tennessee ’s new

This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Billy Ray Irick, currently on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn. Irick was convicted for raping and killing a 7-year-old girl in 1985, and is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP) © The Associated Press This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Billy Ray Irick, currently on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn. Irick was convicted for raping and killing a 7-year-old girl in 1985, and is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty since 2009.

Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security prison in Nashville and was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m. local time, authorities said in an emailed statement. He was convicted in 1986 in the death of Paula Dyer, a Knoxville girl he was babysitting.

Tennessee set to kill 1st inmate in nearly a decade

  Tennessee set to kill 1st inmate in nearly a decade Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009, barring last-minute intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change. The lethal injection of 59-year-old Billy Ray Irick is scheduled for Thursday evening. Irick was convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old Knoxville girl.It would occur a week after Pope Francis revealed church teaching deeming the death penalty "inadmissible" under all circumstances.A legal challenge against Tennessee's new three-drug cocktail continues on appeal. The state Supreme Court denied a stay Monday, saying the lawsuit wasn't likely to succeed. Gov.

(AP) — Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009 on Thursday evening, barring any last-minute intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change. Billy Ray Irick, 59, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection with Tennessee 's new

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009 on Thursday evening, barring any last-minute intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change.

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday afternoon for the execution, denying Irick's request for a stay. But Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a blistering dissent, recounting details from a recent state court trial of a case brought by inmates contesting Tennessee's execution drugs.

"In refusing to grant Irick a stay, the Court today turns a blind eye to a proven likelihood that the State of Tennessee is on the verge of inflicting several minutes of torturous pain on an inmate in its custody," Sotomayor wrote.

It was the first execution in Tennessee since December 2009, when inmate Cecil Johnson received a lethal injection for the killings of three people during a 1980 convenience store robbery in Nashville. Since then, the state has endured legal challenges and difficulties finding execution drugs including its previous one, pentobarbital. The state says drug makers stopped selling that barbiturate for lethal injections.

Nevada death-row inmate stuck in legal limbo: 'Just get it done'

  Nevada death-row inmate stuck in legal limbo: 'Just get it done' A Nevada inmate who was sentenced to death in 2007 for committing drug-related murders in Phoenix and Las Vegas said Wednesday he wants his execution carried out as fast as possible. Scott Raymond Dozier, whose execution has already been delayed twice, said the fight over his fate is taking a toll on him and his family and the state should "just get it done." “I want to be really clear about this. This is my wish,” Dozier told the Associated Press in an interview from Ely State Prison. “They should stop punishing me and my family for their inability to carry out the execution.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009 on Thursday evening, barring any last-minute intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change.

— Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009, barring last-minute intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change.

On Monday, the state Supreme Court had refused to block Irick's execution, saying the lawsuit filed by inmates involving the execution drugs wasn't likely to succeed. That case is continuing in a state appeals court.

In a ruling late last month, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle wrote that attorneys for 33 death row inmates, including Irick, didn't prove that there is a substantially less painful means to carry out an execution or that the drugs the state planned on using would cause the inmate to be tortured to death.

Tennessee plans called for use of midazolam as a sedative, the muscle-relaxer vecuronium bromide and then potassium chloride to stop the heart. At question is whether midazolam is actually effective in rendering someone unconscious and unable to feel pain from the other two drugs. Federal public defender Kelley Henry said at trial that inmates were tortured to death, feeling like they were suffocating, drowning, and utterly confused.

Nebraska to try risky 4-drug series in 1st lethal injection

  Nebraska to try risky 4-drug series in 1st lethal injection Nebraska state officials are preparing for their first execution in two decades and first-ever lethal injection with an untried four-drug combination that includes a powerful painkiller responsible for much of the nation's opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could conceal whether something has gone wrong.&nbsp;The execution planned for Aug. 14 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln comes with significant risks for Nebraska prison officials, who haven't carried out a death sentence since using the electric chair in 1997.

(AP) — Tennessee is set to execute a man for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, in what would be the first time the state has applied the death penalty since 2009. Fifty-nine-year-old inmate Billy Ray Irick is…

(AP) — Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009 on Thursday evening, barring any last-minute intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change. Billy Ray Irick, 59, is scheduled to die by lethal injection with Tennessee 's new

Attorneys for the state have said the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the use of midazolam in a three-drug series.

In Nevada, the drug company Alvogen has sued to block use of midazolam in a stalled execution. Tennessee is one of 15 states siding with the state of Nevada against the company, though Tennessee is planning to use a version of the drug that is compounded, not directly purchased from a manufacturer.

Faith leaders and death penalty opponents led a protest rally Tuesday against Tennessee's execution plans for Irick. And last week, Pope Francis revealed new Catholic church teaching that deems the death penalty "inadmissible" under all circumstances.

Prior to the pope's emboldened stance against the death penalty, three Catholic bishops in Tennessee wrote Gov. Bill Haslam, telling him that "the death penalty contributes to the growing disrespect for human life."

Haslam declined on Monday to intervene in Irick's case.

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