Tennessee Governor Reports Delay Due to Covid-19 Execution of Harold Wayne Nichols

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Lee, a Republican, granted death row inmate Harold Wayne Nichols temporary reprieve on Friday, citing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nichols raped and killed Karen Pulley in 1988. He was to die on August 4.

“I grant Harold Wayne Nichols a temporary stay of execution until December 31, 2020, due to the challenges and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lee wrote on Twitter.

Nichols ‘legal team had asked the Tennessee Supreme Court for a stay of execution due to coronavirus, saying: “The pandemic has necessitated many restrictions which limit the activities of Mr. Nichols’ legal team . “The court unanimously rejected the request on June 4.

Lee’s order does not state a specific reason why execution should be delayed due to the pandemic.

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