Irick Moved to Death Watch as State Prepares for Tomorrow’s Execution

The Tennessee Department of Correction moved Billy Ray Irick to death watch on Monday night, Knoxnews reports. He is scheduled to die tomorrow by lethal injection for the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in 1985. His execution is controversial due to the ongoing legal battle surrounding the state’s three-drug lethal injection cocktail, which has been criticized as amounting to “torture” by some advocates.
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