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Crime Tennessee prepares to execute blind death row inmate

13:55  03 december  2019
13:55  03 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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(AP) — The execution of a blind man in Tennessee this week would mark only the second time in recent decades that a person without vision has been This 2017 photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate

Hall, a death row inmate . Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. Hall had his sight when he entered death row nearly three decades ago, but attorneys for the condemned prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The execution of a blind man in Tennessee this week would mark only the second time in recent decades that a person without vision has been put to death in the U.S., the death row inmate’s lawyers say.

FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate. Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Hall walked onto death row nearly three decades ago with his sight, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)© Provided by Associated Press FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate. Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Hall walked onto death row nearly three decades ago with his sight, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Lee Hall, 53, is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday in a state that has accelerated the pace of its executions over the past year.

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  Blind death row inmate who burned estranged girlfriend to death set to be executed this week in Tennessee Lee Hall is blind, but he is set to be executed this week for the horrific 1991 murder of his estranged girlfriend in Tennessee. Hall, now 53, had the use of his eyes when he burned Traci Crozier to death as she sat in her car in Chattanooga. “She felt every bit of it,” her sister Staci Crozier Wooten told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2014. “She was awake for 36 hours. Hall, now 53, had the use of his eyes when he burned Traci Crozier to death as she sat in her car in Chattanooga.

(AP) — The state of Tennessee is preparing to execute a blind man this week. Lee Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday. Hall had his sight when he entered death row nearly three decades ago, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly

(AP) — The state of Tennessee is preparing to execute a blind man this week. Lee Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday. Hall had his sight when he entered death row nearly three decades ago, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly

Hall had his sight when he entered death row nearly three decades ago, but attorneys for the condemned prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma.

Hall’s attorneys say only one other blind prisoner has been executed since the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976.

His case illustrates a trend in capital punishment: The longer inmates across the country wait to die, the more medical ailments they are likely to have by the time they enter the execution chamber.

“Death row is not — and is not intended to be — a nurturing environment, and it is unfortunately an environment that is extremely, physically and mentally debilitating,” said Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center. The stress of living under a death penalty “has both physical and psychological consequences,” he said.

Court declines to intervene in upcoming Tennessee execution

  Court declines to intervene in upcoming Tennessee execution Two days before a Tennessee prisoner’s scheduled execution, the state’s Supreme Court has denied request for more time to consider the possible bias of a juror who helped hand down the original death sentence decades ago. The state’s top justices ruled Tuesday that 53-year-old Lee Hall failed to persuade the high court to create a “new, previously unrecognized procedure based on the facts of this case.

The execution of a blind man in Tennessee this week would mark only the second time in recent decades that a person without vision has been put to death in the U.S., the death row inmate ’s lawyers say.

Hall, a death row inmate . Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The execution of a blind man in Tennessee this week would mark only the second time in recent decades that a person without vision has been put to death in the U.S., the death row

Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr., has been on death row since he was convicted for the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend Traci Crozier. According to court documents, Hall threw a lit jug of gasoline into a car while Crozier was in the front seat trying to leave him. As a result, Crozier was burned on more than 90% of her body and died the next day.

In 2010, Hall was diagnosed with “chronic angle closure glaucoma.” Hall’s eyesight has continued to decline since then, his attorneys explained in court documents. They say the Department of Correction has failed to comply with medical recommendations to prevent further damage.

A spokeswoman for the department did not immediately return a request for comment.

“Lee Hall is blind and vulnerable. If confined to prison for the remainder of natural life, Mr. Hall bears no practical risk of harm to anyone,” Hall’s attorneys wrote in 2018. “The spectacle — guiding him to the gurney — would ‘offend humanity.’”

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(AP) — The state of Tennessee is preparing to execute a blind man this week. Lee Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday. Hall had his sight when he entered death row nearly three decades ago, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly

NASHVILLE — The state of Tennessee is preparing to execute a blind man this week. Lee Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday. Hall had his sight when he entered death row nearly three decades ago

To date, the U.S. Supreme Court has neither set an upper age limit for executions nor created an exception for a physical infirmity.

The high court has, however, said the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment means that people who are insane, delusional or psychotic cannot be executed.

Yet that definition of “insane” is narrowly defined and as a result, most people with severe mental illness are often excluded.

“While blindness is a physical disability that may make an execution seem crueler and more inhumane, it doesn’t go to the question of competency of whether he may be executed,” Dunham said.

According to Hall’s attorneys, the last blind person executed was Clarence Ray Allen, who died via lethal injection in 2006 in California. Along with being unable to see, Allen was also a wheelchair-user and nearly deaf.

At the time, Allen, 76, was the oldest and most infirm inmate prisoner to be executed in the United States. And like Hall, Allen had been on death row for decades, where many of his infirmities developed while behind bars.

Last month, Hall announced he had decided to die by the electric chair rather than by lethal injection. Since Tennessee resumed executions in August 2018, three of the five prisoners put to death have chosen the electric chair.

In Tennessee, the state's primary execution method is lethal injection, but inmates who were convicted of crimes before January 1999 can choose electrocution.

With just days left before Thursday’s planned execution, Hall’s attorneys are asking Gov. Bill Lee for a reprieve to allow more time to consider questions about the possible bias of a juror who helped deliver the original death sentence.

Lee is reviewing the request. He has previously sidestepped questions about Tennessee executing a blind person, saying he did not know enough details about the case.

Tennessee murderer put to death by electric chair .
Lee Hall, convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend nearly three decades ago, was executed by the state of Tennessee on Thursday night, the Department of Correction said. © Tennessee Department of Correction via AP Lee Hall, seen here in a 2017 photo, is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday. Hall was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. CT. He had chosen the electric chair over lethal injection. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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