Tennessee executes first death row prisoner since 2009

Convicted child rapist and murderer Billy Ray Irick became the first Tennessee prisoner executed in Tennessee since 2009.

“I just want to say I’m really sorry and that, that’s it,” were Irick’s last words, according to The Associated Press.

The execution took place after state and federal courts declined Irick’s appeals.

The Tennessean reported that family members of 7-year-old victim Paula Dyer watched in a separate room off the execution chamber apart from other witnesses. One man leaned up close to the glass and bit his nail. A woman had her face pressed almost to the window.

U.S. Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from her colleagues decision not to delay the execution.

“In refusing to grant Irick a stay, the Court today turns a blind eye to a proven likelihood that the state of Tennessee is on the verge of inflicting several minutes of torturous pain on an inmate in its custody, while shrouding his suffering behind a veneer of paralysis,” Sotomayor wrote in her dissent.

It was Tennessee’s 133rd execution since 1916.

6 Responses to Tennessee executes first death row prisoner since 2009

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Haslam is a Christian Murderer. More hypocrisy

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Thirty-three years after the unconscionable crime. That’s absurd! We need to find a way to carry out these executions in a more timely manner. On the other hand, the bleeding hearts who try to put whatever roadblock they can think of in the way of executions are only extending the torturous aspect of having a death penalty hanging over the head of the perpetrator

  • Donna Locke says:

    This is the right action, but it is way too late.

    Bless you, Paula, wherever you are.

  • Kay White says:

    I agree with Donna and William, it was the right thing to do but it should have been carried out a long time ago! Too bad the taxpayers have had to spend a lot of money on this rapist and murderer for this room and board!

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