Tennessee Death Row Inmate dies of natural causes after 30 years

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – Another inmate on Tennessee’s Death row has died before the state could execute him.

Derrick Quintero died from apparent natural causes before dawn on Monday.

He was 59.

Quintero was sentenced to die 30 years ago for the murder of a couple in Stewart County in 1988.

He was part of a prison break in Kentucky involving 8 men along the border near Kentucky Lake.

Five made it to the Leatherwood community on the lake.

Prosecutors say that Quintero, William Hall and James Blanton broke into the home of Myrtle and Buford Vester to rob them of supplies.

But both homeowners were fatally shot, and Myrtle was also stabbed 13 times.

All three suspects got away.

Hall was eventually captured in El Paso, before crossing the border.

Both Blanton and Quintero were captured by Mexican authorities on the other side.

All three men were convicted of murder and given the death penalty.

Blanton died in prison in 1999.

Now, only Hall remains on Death row.

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