Tennessee sets August execution date for Knox County man

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The state of Tennessee appears set to resume executions as the state has scheduled the execution of a Knox County man convicted of a 1985 rape and murder for this August.

A ruling from the Tennessee Supreme Court says Billy Ray Irick's execution has been scheduled for August 9, 2018. Irick had been scheduled for execution in October 2014, but the court vacated irs order due to a challenge to the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection protocol.

More online: Read the court order [PDF]

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled against the challenge in March 2017 and two petitions seeking review of that decision were denied.

Irick was convicted of raping and murdering a 7-year-old girl in Knox County. 


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