Tennessee Carries Out First Execution Since Lethal Injection Review(the follow-up of my post “Convicted killer fears…”

Published: May 9, 2007

“I don’t want it to be just a visit this time” were Workman’s words regarding his 4th death row date.

NASHVILLE, May 9 — Philip R. Workman’s execution date has come and gone five times in the quarter-century since his conviction for shooting a Memphis police officer. Early Wednesday, he was finally executed at the Riverbend prison on the industrial outskirts of this city.

The execution, the first since the state reviewed and revised its lethal injection procedures, came after a flurry of appeals from Mr. Workman’s attorneys, who unsuccessfully sought stays from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Mr. Workman’s attorneys argued in the appeals that there had not been sufficient time to review the new protocols since their release last week, and that lethal injection was unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.

In the days leading up to the execution, which was only the third in Tennessee in 47 years, it appeared that Mr. Workman might gain a delay because of the new death penalty procedures.

Last Friday, a federal judge ordered a delay and set a date for a hearing on the protocols. But an appeals court panel threw out that order Monday, and the full court refused to revisit that decision. Late Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court and the state’s top court turned down requests to stay the execution.

Mr. Workman was pronounced dead at 1:38 a.m. central time, according to Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter.

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Information source: The New York Times

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