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Offbeat Tennessee executions: Quick facts about death row

20:30  09 august  2018
20:30  09 august  2018 Source:   tennessean.com

Prison portraits from retiring AP reporter Michael Graczyk

  Prison portraits from retiring AP reporter Michael Graczyk Before every Texas execution, Michael Graczyk has asked to talk to the convict scheduled to die. If the person said yes, he would visit death row to interview and take a photo of them. He also attempted to contact the family members of the person killed by the condemned inmate and the lawyers involved.Graczyk retires Tuesday after a 45-year career in which he observed more than 400 executions. A selection of the images and people Graczyk found to be particularly memorable:HENRY LEE LUCASLucas was a former confessed serial killer serving a sentence hundreds of years in length after being rescued from death row by then-Texas Gov. George W.

As of January 2017, there were 63 inmates on death row in Tennessee . Executions have been on hold pending a challenge by inmates to the single-dose drug protocol. Karen Grigsby / The Tennessean.

Death Row Facts . Death Watch. Capital Punishment Chronology. Witnesses to an Execution . Tennessee Executions . Frequently Asked Questions.

If executed Thursday, Billy Ray Irick will be the first inmate put to death by Tennessee since 2009

The man who has seen more U.S. executions than anyone else

  The man who has seen more U.S. executions than anyone else A reporter who has witnessed more than 400 executions reflects on what he has seen.Graczyk watched as Autry — a 29-year-old known as Cowboy who had been convicted of killing Shirley Drouet, a mother of five — took his final breaths. It was the second time Graczyk had gone to the prison expecting to see Autry’s execution; a few months earlier, a Supreme Court reprieve halted the lethal injection with the needles already in Autry’s arms.

Executions . Oldest on Death Row : Leonard Jasper Young, 1/22/45, 72 years old Convicted in Shelby County On Death Row since November 2002. Female offenders sentenced to death are housed at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville.

Thirty-three death row inmates in Tennessee have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality and legality of the state’s new execution protocol. The challenge follows state Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s request to the state Supreme Court to schedule eight executions by June 1

The execution may mark a renewed push by Tennessee to kill death row offenders. 

Here's a look at the people on death row, citing information provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction

How many people are on death row? 

There are 61 people on death row: 

  • 60 men and one woman; 
  • 31 people who are white, 28 people who are African-American, one person who is Hispanic and one person who is Asian;  
  • 34 offenders convicted in West Tennessee, 16 convicted in East Tennessee and 11 convicted in Middle Tennessee

Where are death row inmates housed? 

Male offenders on death row are housed at Riverbend Maximum Security Institute in Nashville. The only woman on death row, Christa Pike, is housed at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville. 

Future of lethal injection in doubt as critics, drug makers rebel against it

  Future of lethal injection in doubt as critics, drug makers rebel against it The ultimate fate for hundreds of death row inmates in several states is in limbo due to controversy and court challenges to lethal injection protocols.Drug companies are rebelling against it. States are fighting to keep it. And there is a new wave of controversy – and a slew of lawsuits – alleging that lethal injections are almost as inhumane as firing squads.

Tennessee 's first execution in nearly 40 years took place April 19, 2000 at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution where Robert Glen Coe was executed by lethal injection. Death Row Facts .

As of August 2, 2018, there were 2,708 death row inmates in the United States. The number of death row inmates changes daily with new convictions

Who's the oldest person on death row? 

The oldest person on death row is Leonard Jasper Young of Shelby County, who is 73. Convicted of kidnapping and murdering University of Memphis student Hillary Johnson in 1999, he arrived on death row in 2002. 

Who's the youngest? 

Urshawn Miller is 29. Convicted of shooting and killing 24-year-old store clerk Ahmad Dhalai, Miller arrived on death row in March. He's also the person most recently sentenced to death row in Tennessee. 

Who has been on death row the longest? 

David Miller of Knox County has spent 36 years on death row. He was convicted of killing a disabled woman with a fire poker in 1981.

Reach Dave Boucher at dboucher@tennessean.com or 615-259-8892 and on Twitter @Dave_Boucher1.  a room with a large mirror: The gurney and electric chair sit inside the execution chamber Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. © Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean The gurney and electric chair sit inside the execution chamber Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.

Nevada death-row inmate stuck in legal limbo: 'Just get it done' .
A Nevada inmate who was sentenced to death in 2007 for committing drug-related murders in Phoenix and Las Vegas said Wednesday he wants his execution carried out as fast as possible. Scott Raymond Dozier, whose execution has already been delayed twice, said the fight over his fate is taking a toll on him and his family and the state should "just get it done." “I want to be really clear about this. This is my wish,” Dozier told the Associated Press in an interview from Ely State Prison. “They should stop punishing me and my family for their inability to carry out the execution.

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