Natalie Allison and Dave Boucher Nashville Tennessean Published 3:34 p.m. UTC Aug 10, 2018 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the parking lot of Riverbend Maximum Security Institution here, an empty podium and tent stood under a gray sky. It was muggy and quiet. A small group of reporters – those who weren’t selected as the seven media witnesses to the state execution of Billy Ray Irick – shuffled around the parking lot awaiting news of his death, a sentence set to be carried out more than three decades after Irick was convicted of the Knox County murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer. Orange cones and caution tape dotted a field by the prison, a grassy area that would become a gathering point for those who came to make known their opinions on the execution of Irick. On the right side were those who came to hold a vigil in protest of Irick’s execution, a somber crowd of 50 clergy members, activists and everyday citizens who oppose the death penalty. Aug. 9: … [Read more...] about This is what happened in and outside prison as Billy Ray Irick was put to death
A CONVICTED killer has been executed after more than three decades on death row. The 59-year-old murmured "I'm sorry" as he was administered the lethal injection in Tennessee's first execution in nearly ten years. Who was Billy Ray Irick? Irick was born on August 26, 1958, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He allegedly suffered extensive abuse from his family from a young age, including reported beatings. As a young child he underwent psychological evaluation for what his headteacher described as "extreme behavioural issues". His clinical social worker subsequently said Irick may have suffered mild organic brain damage since birth. The troubled child was briefly institutionalised before being sent to an orphanage for emotionally disturbed children. Why was he on death row in Tennessee? Irick was convicted of murdering and raping a seven-year-old girl who he'd been babysitting. Then aged 26, Irick had lived with Dyer's family for more than a year and was looking after five of their … [Read more...] about Who was Billy Ray Irick, why was he on death row in Tennessee and when was he executed?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade. Hours earlier Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution, denying Irick's request for a stay, but Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a blistering dissent, recounting details from a recent state court trial of a case brought by inmates contesting Tennessee's execution drugs. Witnesses to Tennessee's first execution in nearly a decade say inmate Billy Ray Irick at first signaled he would have no last words, but then gave a brief statement to those watching. Journalists present reported that the blinds between a witness room and the execution chamber were opened at 7:26 p.m. Thursday, and about a minute later, Irick was asked if he had any words before the lethal injection drugs began flowing. He was convicted in 1986 in rape and … [Read more...] about Billy Ray Irick execution: Inmate says “I’m really sorry” before death
Dave Boucher Nashville Tennessean Published 1:11 p.m. UTC Aug 10, 2018 NASHVILLE — Death row inmate Billy Ray Irick died at 7:48 p.m. Thursday after Tennessee prison officials administered a lethal dose of toxic chemicals. He was 59. His execution, the first in Tennessee since 2009, comes after his 1986 conviction in Knox County for the rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer. Witnesses to the execution included members of Paula's family, Knox County Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones, Tennessee Deputy Attorney General Scott Sutherland, Irick's attorney Gene Shiles and seven members of the media. Irick is the 133rd person put to death by Tennessee since 1916. Before Irick, all but six executions occurred before 1961. Before his death, Irick ate his last meal: a burger, onion rings and a Pepsi soft drink. Shiles said earlier Thursday that Irick was in good spirits and understood he would be executed. Family of victim among witnesses Irick lived … [Read more...] about Tennessee executes Billy Ray Irick, first lethal injection in state since 2009
opinion Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 5:41 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 The state of Tennessee is preparing to execute Billy Ray Irick on Thursday. Actually, you and I are planning to execute Irick on Thursday. Why are we not all there to witness it? Whatever your views on capital punishment, however just or unjust you find Irick's fate, you and I are legally and morally responsible for Irick's execution. Not the long-suffering family of 7-year-old Paula Dyer, the child Irick — who was a trusted family friend — raped and murdered 33 years ago in her home in Knox County. Not the prosecutor or defense attorney or judge or jury that presided over Irick's trial, conviction and death sentence 32 years ago. Not the state or federal appeals courts that have reviewed and upheld Irick's conviction 17 times — including Monday when the state Supreme Court denied his appeal. Not the governor, who also declined Monday to intervene. "I took an oath to uphold the law," … [Read more...] about We should live stream Billy Ray Irick’s execution. We should bear witness to the laws we allow.