Wednesday, 28 March 2007
Court denies request to cancel execution of death row inmate
The Tennessee Supreme Court rejected a motion from a death row inmate
seeking to stop his lethal injection.
The execution of Philip Workman is set for one week after the governor's
moratorium on executions is due to expire.
Workman has been on death row since 1982 for the slaying of Memphis Police
Lieutenant Ronald Oliver after a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in
After the court in January set Workman's execution for May 9th, Governor
Bredesen issued an execution moratorium until May 2nd to rework the
state's outdated and ambiguous procedures for lethal injection.
Workman, who has no pending appeals on the state level, has had numerous
stays and twice been within hours of execution when courts stepped in to
spare his life.
(source: WMC TV News)