NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Tennessee carries out its 1st execution in nearly a decade

9Aug - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade.

Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security prison in Nashville and was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m., authorities said. He was convicted in 1986 in the death of Paula Dyer, a Knoxville girl he was babysitting.

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