Another Tennessee inmate seeks execution delay amid virus

Harold Nichols / Source: (TDOC)
Harold Nichols / Source: (TDOC)(WYMT)
Published: May. 5, 2020 at 12:50 PM EDT
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Another death row inmate in Tennessee is seeking a delay in his execution date this year due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

Attorneys for Harold Nichols last week asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to reschedule his Aug. 4 execution.

The filing says the COVID-19 health crisis creates a dangerous environment for carrying out an execution and prevents necessary work and preparation to apply for clemency.

The state Supreme Court previously delayed inmate Oscar Smith’s execution from June to February due to the coronavirus. Byron Black has also requested that the state Supreme Court reschedule his Oct. 8 execution.

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