TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 6, 2021

The Tennessee Supreme Court has again stayed the scheduled execution of death row inmate Oscar Smith, WATE reports. In an order issued Tuesday, the court’s justices wrote that Smith’s Feb. 4 execution will be stayed pending further order “because of the multiple issues caused by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.” Smith had been scheduled to die last June for the 1989 slayings of his estranged wife, Judy Lynn Smith, and her two sons from a previous marriage.