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Crime Tennessee execution: Nicholas Todd Sutton executed by electric chair

04:30  21 february  2020
04:30  21 february  2020 Source:   tennessean.com

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20 execution . Nicholas Todd Sutton , 58, has been convicted of killing four people. Tennessee Department of Correction spokesperson Dorinda Carter confirmed the choice Wednesday. While other states have backed away from the electric chair in recent years, Tennessee is in the midst of a

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a man holding a sign: Nicholas Todd Sutton © Provided / TDOC Nicholas Todd Sutton

Tennessee executed death row inmate Nicholas Todd Sutton in the electric chair Thursday night, marking the fifth time the state has used the method since 2018.

Sutton, 58, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. CST, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

He was the 139th person put to death in Tennessee since 1916, and the seventh inmate executed since the state resumed capital punishment in August 2018.

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Sutton was convicted of killing four people, including his grandmother Dorothy Sutton, his high school friend John Large and Charles Almon. He was sentenced to death for his involvement in the fatal stabbing of fellow inmate Carl Estep in 1985.

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The execution of Nicholas Todd Sutton , 58, is set to take place at 7 p.m. CST (0100 GMT) at the Riverbend Sutton would become the fourth inmate in the United States, and the first in Tennessee , to be executed in 2020. Since 2018, four other U.S. inmates have died in the electric chair .

Tennessee was originally set to execute Sutton in 2015. Legal delays blocked that date.

Sutton's attorneys hoped the courts or Gov. Bill Lee would intervene this time. They pointed to problems with the trial that put him on death row, and to his remarkable transformation in prison, where correction officers said he had saved multiple lives.

Lee declined Sutton's clemency application earlier this week. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a stay minutes before he was put to death.

Sutton was 18 years old when he embarked on the killing spree that shocked his East Tennessee community.

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Investigators learned to recognize what they called the "Sutton signature" — bodies wrapped in plastic, bound in chains and weighted with cinder blocks.

He became a key player in investigators' efforts to retrace the carnage, leading detectives from two states on searches for the corpses of people who never really existed.

Spree of murders led to prison, death setnence

He killed Large, his childhood friend, and Almon, a Knoxville contractor. And then he targeted his grandmother, who adopted him after a childhood of abuse, neglect and addiction.

Sutton knocked her unconscious with a piece of firewood, wrapped her in a blanket and trash bags, chained her to a cinder block and threw her alive into the Nolichucky River in Hamblen County. She drowned in the icy waters, an autopsy found.

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Nicholas Todd Sutton , 58, hopes to utilize a law that would allow condemned inmates sentenced to Serial killer death row inmate, 58, chooses to die by electric chair - as Tennessee state law allows him to chose electrocution or lethal injection for his execution because he was sentenced before 1999.

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Dorothy Sutton's daughter reported her missing when she didn't show up for dinner on Christmas Day in 1979.

Sutton eventually led authorities to Large's body after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in his grandmother's death and sentenced him to life in prison. He'd killed Large, 19, on a trip to Mount Sterling, N.C., and buried his body in a shallow grave on property that belonged to Sutton's aunt.

In October 1979, he shot Almon and dumped his body in a North Carolina quarry. Searchers found that corpse only after spending thousands of dollars searching in other spots as Sutton shifted his story.

Less than five years into his prison term, Sutton helped stab Carl Isaac Estep, a convicted child rapist from Knoxville, more than three dozen times Jan. 5, 1985, at Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility.

That was when a jury sentenced Sutton to death.

Lawyers argue Sutton's change of heart

Sutton did not dispute his role in four killings, but his lawyers said a history of altruism behind bars and other mitigating factors showed he deserved mercy.

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  Gov. Lee says he will not intervene in Sutton execution A Tennessee inmate scheduled for execution Thursday has been moved to death watch, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections. "In accordance with protocol, inmate Nicholas Sutton #89682 was moved to death watch this morning shortly after midnight," said a TDOC release. Death watch is part of standard procedure for death row inmates during the three day period prior to their execution. Sutton will be under 24-hour surveillance in a cell adjacent to the execution chamber. Sutton, who is from Jefferson County, was convicted of murdering an acquaintance in 2010.

Inadequate trial representation had blunted Sutton's opportunities to avoid the death penalty, they said. They added "pervasive childhood trauma" had warped his brain.

His father "was a violent, abusive and unstable man who suffered from severe mental illness, struggled with substance abuse and was repeatedly institutionalized," the application read.

Sutton started taking illicit drugs with his father by 12, his lawyers wrote, beginning a lifelong addiction.

Sutton's lawyers said he had "gone from a life-taker to a life-saver" after becoming sober in prison.

His clemency application cited accounts from three prison officers who said Sutton stepped in to save their lives when he didn't have to, twice stepping between staff and angry inmates to diffuse potentially lethal conflicts.

This article originally appeared on The Tennessean: Tennessee execution: Nicholas Todd Sutton executed by electric chair

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