The governor refused to intervene in the Oscar Smith case on Tuesday, the 72-year-old prisoner who became the first person killed in the state since the outbreak of the Covi-19 epidemic.
“After a thorough review of Oscar Smith’s pardon and an extensive review of the case, Tennessee sanctions will be lifted and I will not intervene,” Lee said in a statement.
Last week, the State Criminal Court of Appeals rejected Smith’s request to reopen the case and to request a DNA analysis of the case. On Monday, the state Supreme Court did not hear the appeal.
Smith’s lawyer, Amy Harwell, told Nation World News: “Mr. Smith has been innocent for more than 30 years. It is very frustrating for the regime to deny mercy in these circumstances. “
Smith, the greatest man in the Tennessee death row In 1990, he was sentenced to death in Nashville by his wife, Judith Smith, and two children, Chad and Jason Burnett.
On Monday night, Smith moved to the dead, and the victim was taken to a cell near the death chamber for a three-day follow-up, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
“Smith opted for a last-diced double bacon cheeseburger, deep apple cake and vanilla bean ice cream, officials said Wednesday. The meal will be served on Thursday.
A.D. The state has not carried out the death penalty since the death of Nicholas Suten in an electric chair in February 2020.
The epidemic has delayed killings in many states, including Tennessee, although the annual death toll has been declining since the early 2000s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In recent years, some states have struggled to find a cure for the lethal injection in the US, which has led to delays.
In some cases, states electrocution kill people, although a few states, such as South Carolina, are moving to an alternative method – shooting.