Bredesen halts executions to rework lethal injection procedures
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Phil Bredesen on Thursday postponed four pending executions, saying the state needs to rework its procedures for lethal injection.
State officials want to complete a “comprehensive review” and reworking of the execution guidelines by May 2, the governor said.
Tennessee has executed only two inmates since 1960.
The governor identified the inmates who got 90-day reprieves as Edward J. Harbison and Daryl Holton, who were to be executed later this month, and Michael J. Boyd and Pervis T. Payne, who were scheduled to be put to death in March.
Harbison, Boyd and Payne have been on death row since the 1980s while Holton was sentenced in 1999.
Once the protocols have been reworked and the reprieves have expired, the state Supreme Court is expected to reset their execution dates.