Thursday, 1 July 2010

TN may execute 4 death row inmates in the next year

— Tennessee could execute four death row inmates in the next year.

If that happens, it would mark the first time the state has executed that many inmates in a single 12-month period in more than 50 years.

The state attorney general's office asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to set execution dates for Gaile Owens, Stephen Michael West and Billy Ray Irick. A request to execute Edward J. Harbison is expected soon.

All were convicted in the 1980s. For some of their victims' families, the delays have been excruciating.

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