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State: Strike expert testimony on recent execution from suit

Sep. 14, 2018 5:21 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for the state say Tennessee's Supreme Court shouldn't consider an expert's conclusions about "tortuous effects" of the latest execution in a challenge of the state's lethal injection protocol. The state's filing this week says the expert wasn't cross-examined and offered a...

Judge declines to revive Tennessee death row inmate lawsuit

Sep. 13, 2018 7:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has declined to revive a lawsuit brought by a Tennessee death row inmate who is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 11. The Tennessean reports that U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger denied 63-year-old Edmund Zagorski's claims on Wednesday. Zagorski's lawsuit contended...

Filing: Doctor says executed inmate felt 'excruciating' pain

Sep. 7, 2018 3:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A doctor says in a lawsuit challenging Tennessee's three-drug lethal injection protocol that a man executed last month experienced "torturous effects." In the state Supreme Court filing Thursday, expert Dr. David Lubarsky concluded based on witness accounts that Billy Ray Irick...

Today in History

Aug. 25, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2018. There are 128 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 25, 1944, during World War II, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation. On this date: In 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in...

Death row inmates raise using fire squad in legal challenge

Aug. 24, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Death row offenders say using a firing squad would be more humane than Tennessee's lethal injection method. The Tennessean reports a federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday by attorneys representing death row offenders David Earl Miller, Nicholas Todd Sutton and Stephen Michael West....

Mental evaluation ordered for slain NBA player's ex-wife

Aug. 22, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A judge in Tennessee has ordered a mental evaluation for the jailed ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright. Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee said Wednesday that he's signed an order for doctors to evaluate Sherra Wright's ability to stand trial on charges of first-degree...

Tennessee gov: Execution handled in 'very professional' way

Aug. 22, 2018 1:41 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says corrections officials have told him Tennessee's first execution since 2009 was handled in a "very professional manner." Haslam told reporters Tuesday that state corrections officials and others there during Billy Ray Irick's Aug. 9 execution told him "everybody...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Aug. 20, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

Aug. 26: Singer Vic Dana is 78. Singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson is 73. Singer Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills is 69. Bandleader Branford Marsalis is 58. Guitarist Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio is 57. Singer Shirley Manson of Garbage is 52. Guitarist Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows is 52. Drummer Adrian...

Tennessee high court fast-tracks lethal injection challenge

Aug. 14, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court is fast-tracking the appeal in a challenge of the state's lethal injection drugs. After the move Monday, Justice Sharon Lee warned in her dissent that the court's review shouldn't be "so hurried that it is meaningless" in an apparent effort to clear the...

Tennessee carries out its 1st execution in nearly a decade

Aug. 9, 2018 11:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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 in nearly a decade. Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security...