TN death row inmate Stephen West requests execution via electric chair


The Tennessee Department of Correction announced Wednesday death row inmate Stephen Michael West has requested execution via electric chair.

West was found guilty of the 1986 kidnapping and stabbing deaths of Wanda Romines and her daughter Sheila Romines.

Under Tennessee law, offenders whose crimes were committed before January 1, 1999 may select lethal injection or electrocution as the method of execution.

West was moved to death watch Wednesday. 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. 

Last meal: philly cheesesteak and french fries

His final meal will be a philly cheesesteak and french fries, according to officials with TDOC.

West was originally scheduled to be executed back in 2010 but a stay was issued because of litigation challenging Tennessee’s single-drug lethal injection chemical.

WATE will have a team in Nashville

WATE 6 on Your Side anchor Lori Tucker is one of the media witnesses for the execution and we’ll have a team of reporters in Nashville covering the execution.

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