Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lawrence County Killer Scheduled for Execution in Tennessee

A man convicted of second degree murder in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania has been scheduled for execution on October 4, 2011 at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution at Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1988, John Henretta raped and murdered a store clerk in Cleveland, Tennessee. He was not indicted until 1997, following the confession of his co-defendant. He was convicted and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court of Tennessee recently denied his appeal and scheduled his execution, according to the Chattanoogan.

According to court records, Henretta was convicted on June 17, 1991 of second degree murder by the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas. The murder occurred on September 19, 1988. He was convicted of rape which occurred in Lawrence County on November 14, 1988; and on July 7, 1989, he was convicted federally of kidnapping which occurred on November 23, 1988.

Henretta was on the run from Pennsylvania authorities when he committed the rape and murder in Tennessee. At age 66, Henretta is the oldest person on Tennessee's death row.

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