State Schedules First Executions in Over a Year

Tennessee plans to execute two inmates in 2014 — Billy Ray Irick and Nickolus Johnson are scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Jan. 15 and April 22, respectively. The two execution dates come after Tennessee corrections officials decided on a new drug to use in lethal injections after the state’s supply of sodium thiopental — a key drug previously used for lethal injections — was seized in 2011 by federal authorities investigating whether the drugs were illegally imported. The Tennessean has the story.