A step towards resuming executions in Tennessee
The execution of Chattanooga rapist and murder Harold Wayne Nichols is one of the ones on hold
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – There has been some movement in the death row drama that has put the execution of a Chattanooga man on hold for more than a year.
Tennessee paused all executions when Governor Lee ordered an outside evaluation of execution protocols.
He announced on Friday that the report is now done and he has it.
But he is not releasing any information about what’s in the report until he says he can absorb it.
The Governor denied that he is trying to bury the findings during the holidays.
He promises that he will release the full report before the end of the year.
“The reason we’re telling you we’ve got the report, we want to be transparent, we want everyone to know we have it.”
The Governor paused state executions before the scheduled execution of Oscar Smith, who had challenged the effectiveness of lethal injection.
But the pause also postponed the execution, once again, of Chattanoogan Harold Wayne Nichols.
The serial rapist was given the death penalty for the murder of Karen Pulley in 1988.
The state has set several execution dates for Nichols but has pushed them back because of the pandemic and then this challenge to the entire execution system.
Currently, there are no executions scheduled in Tennessee in 2023.