Tennessee is about to place a a blind prisoner to demise within the electrical chair for his conviction within the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend
Tennessee is about to hold out what is predicted to be solely the second execution of a blind prisoner in the US because the nation reinstated the demise penalty in 1976.
Barring an 11th-hour keep, 53-year-old inmate Lee Corridor is scheduled to die within the electrical chair Thursday night for his conviction within the 1991 burning demise of his estranged girlfriend. Corridor had his sight when he entered demise row almost three many years in the past, however his attorneys say he later grow to be functionally blind from improperly handled glaucoma.
Earlier this 12 months, Corridor selected the electrical chair over deadly injection as allowed below state regulation. His lawyer stated it additionally could be the primary electrocution of a blind inmate because the 1976 resumption of U.S. executions. However legal professional Kelly Gleason has requested the federal courts to cease Corridor from being put to demise within the large wood electrical chair believed to have been constructed with the wooden from Tennessee’s previous gallows.
“Unless the federal courts intervene, Tennessee will become the first state in modern United States history to electrocute a blind man,” Gleason stated in a press release Wednesday. “It is a sad day for justice in the state of Tennessee.”
Authorities stated Corridor killed Traci Crozier, 22, on April 17, 1991 by setting her automotive ablaze with a container of gasoline, stuffing a paper towel excessive, lighting it on fireplace and tossing it in her automobile whereas she was inside. The container exploded and Crozier acquired burns over greater than 90% of her physique, dying the subsequent day within the hospital.
Crozier’s sister, Staci Wooten, and her father, Gene Crozier, have stated they intend to look at Corridor’s execution Thursday.
Corridor’s attorneys have hunted for weeks to delay or block the execution plans. They made last-minute pleas with the Tennessee Supreme Court docket and Gov. Invoice Lee for extra time to discover questions surrounding authorized questions on what they described because the doable bias of a juror who helped ship the unique demise sentence.
Lee and the state courts declined to intervene, arguing that Corridor had exhausted his authorized choices.
“The justice system has extensively reviewed Lee Hall’s case over the course of almost 30 years, including additional review and rulings by the Tennessee Supreme Court yesterday and today,” the Republican governor said in a statement Wednesday in which he added, “I will not intervene in this case.”
There’s solely different identified blind inmate who has been executed because the U.S. Supreme Court docket started permitting executions in 1976. Clarence Ray Allen, 76, died by way of deadly injection in 2006 in California.
Corridor’s group filed a number of authorized filings in federal court docket on Wednesday in a final effort to dam the execution because the choices dwindled. In the meantime, Corridor was moved earlier this week to a room adjoining to Tennessee’s execution chamber as a part of the state’s demise penalty tips.For his final meal, Corridor chosen a Philly cheesesteak, onion rings and a slice of cheesecake.
Thus far, the U.S. Supreme Court docket has neither set an higher age restrict for executions nor created an exception for a bodily infirmity.
Tennessee is considered one of six states wherein inmates can select the electrical chair, however it’s the one state that has used the chair lately. Three out of 5 current inmates put to demise in Tennessee have chosen the chair because the state started resuming executions in August
Courts in Georgia and Nebraska have declared the electrical chair unconstitutional and the U.S. Supreme Court docket has by no means totally thought-about its constitutionality.
Lee has beforehand declined to weigh in on whether or not he approves of the state’s elevated utilization of the electrical chair, noting as a substitute that it is a authorized choice in Tennessee.