Tennessee Death Row inmate dies of natural causes

His execution was on hold while state reviews death protocols

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – Another death row inmate in Tennessee has died of natural causes.

James Dellinger was 71.

State prison officials say he died Monday morning at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

Dellinger was given the death penalty for a murder in Blount County thirty years ago.

He and a co-defendant were convicted of killing a young man and his sister in separate incidents in 1992 and 93.

Dellinger had been scheduled to be executed a few years ago, but it was put off by, first, the pandemic and again last year when the Governor stopped all executions while Tennessee considered changes to the death penalty protocols.

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