Billy Ray Irick Executed

The state of Tennessee executed Billy Ray Irick last night, The Nashville Scene reports. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery released a statement, saying in part “I hope tonight’s lawful execution in some way eases the heartache (victim Paula Dyer’s) family has lived with and brings a degree of closure to a chapter of their lives that has been indescribably difficult.” The Scene reported that Irick did appear to react physically to the drug, moving and making noises akin to coughing and choking, signs that Federal Public Defender Kelley Henry said pointed to concerns expressed in a lawsuit filed by more than 30 death row inmates.
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