Gov. Lee grants temporary reprieve for death row inmate Pervis Payne

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — On Friday afternoon, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee granted a temporary reprieve from execution for death row inmate Pervis Payne.

The reprieve from execution is until April 9, 2021 and stems from challenges and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Payne is listed on Tennessee’s Department of Correction death row registry for first-degree murder committed in 1987; he was convicted in 1988 by a Shelby County jury of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder and a related charge.

Payne’s death sentence had been set to be carried out on December 3, 2020.


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