Tennessee Is About to Execute First Inmate in Nine Years
NASHVILLE, TN – August 9, 2018
There have been no executions in the state of Tennessee since 2009, and now the first inmate in almost ten years is about to be killed.
Billy Ray Irick, 59, is scheduled to die by lethal injection with Tennessee's new three-drug cocktail for his conviction in the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old Knoxville girl.
The execution would occur a week after Pope Francis revealed a new church teaching that deems the death penalty "inadmissible" under all circumstances.
Additionally, Irick would die before there is resolution to a legal challenge against Tennessee's lethal injection drugs. The case is continuing in the state Court of Appeals.
The mere case of the use of lethal injection has been causing a number of debates all over the States, and there is no doubt the execution in Tennessee would be another issue discussed by those pro- and contra-activists.