Officials: Tennessee inmate on death row dies in prison

Dellinger

Courtesy: Tennessee Department of Corrections

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a Tennessee inmate on death row has died of apparent natural causes.

The Department of Correction says 71-year-old James Dellinger was pronounced dead Monday at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.

A department statement says a medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

Dellinger was convicted of first-degree murder in a 1992 shooting death in Blount County. He was sentenced to death in 1996.

In 2007, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals rejected Dellinger’s appeal. Dellinger claimed he had ineffective counsel.

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1/16/2023 5:39:55 PM (GMT -5:00)

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