State high court gives Tenn. death row inmate more time

State high court gives Tenn. death row inmate more time

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NASHVILLE (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has given attorneys for a female inmate on death row more time to respond to the state's motion to set an execution date.

The high court on Tuesday granted a request by attorneys for Gaile K. Owens to extend the deadline to Feb. 5 from Dec. 18.

Last week, the state attorney general asked the court to set an execution date.

Owens was convicted in 1986 in Shelby County of the murder-for-hire of her husband.

She hired Sidney Porterfield to kill her husband with a tire iron. Porterfield was also sentenced to death and is still on death row.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied her petition in November for a rehearing.

Owens is the first woman sentenced to death in Tennessee.

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