Tennessee inmate moved to death watch ahead of scheduled execution

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Inmate Nicholas Sutton was moved to death watch Tuesday morning shortly after midnight ahead of his scheduled execution Thursday.

Death watch is the three-day period before an execution when strict guidelines are implemented to maintain the security and control of the offender and to maintain safe and orderly operations of the prison, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

During this period, the offender is placed in a cell adjacent to the execution chamber where he or she is under 24-hour observation by a team of correctional officers.

Sutton was sentenced to death in 1985 for fatally stabbing fellow inmate Carl Estep at the Morgan County Correctional Facility after a confrontation over a drug deal.

The condemned inmate was 23 years old at the time and already serving a life sentence for killing his grandmother when he was 18 years old. He had also been convicted of murdering Charles Almon and John Large in North Carolina when he was 18.

Sutton has chosen the electric chair as his method of execution. His execution is set for Feb. 20 at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.

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