The Lethal Injection and How it is Administered Recently Saw Changes in Tennessee, According to Chief Justice Gary Wade

Dec 05, 2013 at 10:04 am by bryan

Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, Gary Wade visited Murfreesboro on Thursday. He told WGNS one of the recent issues within our state justice system dealt with lethal injection...


You can see some of the recent death row statistics on (BELOW).

Chief Justice Wade was appointed in 2006 to the Tennessee Supreme Court, prior to that he served on the Court of Criminal Appeals for 19 years, and served as presiding judge of that court for eight years.

Hear the entire interview with Chief Justice Wade below (12-min and 15-sec):

Pictured Below: Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, Gary Wade

Report Below from the State of Tennessee Dept. of Correction:

Number of (or on) Death Row: 78
Numbers Breakdown: 77 males and 1 female
40 White, 35 African Americans, 1 Hispanic, 1 Native American, 1 Asian

Where are they from?

52 inmates are from the largest metropolitan counties of
Shelby (32), Davidson (9), Knox (7), and Hamilton (3)

22 inmates were convicted in East Tennessee
22 inmates were convicted in Middle Tennessee
34 inmates were convicted in West Tennessee

 Oldest on Death Row:

Jerry Davidson, 6/12/43, 70 years old
Convicted in Dickson County
On Death Row since April 1997

 Only Female on Death Row:

Christa Pike, 3/10/76, 37 years old
Convicted in Knox County
On Death Row since March 1996

 Youngest Male on Death Row:

John Freeland, 11/1/82, 31 years old
Convicted in Madison County
On Death Row since May 2011

 Longest Time on Death Row:

Donald Strouth, 1/9/59, 54 years old
Convicted in Sullivan County
On Death Row since September 1978

 Last Person Sentenced to Death Row:

Rickey Bell, 9/02/79, 34 years old
Convicted in Tipton County
On Death Row since March 2012


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