TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 16, 2018
A Nashville judge has ordered that Billy Ray Irick, the death row inmate who was executed last week via lethal injection, will not be autopsied because it would violate his religious beliefs. The Tennessean reports that Irick sued to block the autopsy eight hours before he was taken to the execution chamber. Davidson County Chancellor Russell Perkins wrote in an order on Tuesday that cutting Irick’s body would amount to desecration under his “sincerely held" Native American religious beliefs.