The Associated Press is reporting that the execution of a Tennessee Death Row inmate has been delayed for a three weeks. The State Supreme Court postponed the death of Stephen Michael West over the weekend.
West was set to die November 9th. That will now happen November 30th. The last minute ruling stems from a lawsuit filed challenging Tennessee's three-drug, lethal injection system. West's claims that Tennessee's method of lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment.
West's lawyers continued that recent autopsy evidence from three executions indicate that the first drug, sodium thiopental, of a three-drug protocol used by the state does not render a convicted killer unconscious before the fatal drugs are administered.
West was convicted for killing a mother and daughter in Union County back in 1986.