Tennessee carries out its first execution in nearly a decade

NASHVILLE — Tennessee carried out the execution 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.

Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection Thursday at a maximum-security prison in Nashville, authorities said. He was convicted in 1986 in the death of Paula Dyer, a Knoxville girl he was baby-sitting.

When the blinds between a witness room and the execution chamber were opened, Irick could be seen through windows strapped to a gurney, an IV stuck in his arm and leading back through the wall to a room hidden by a mirror-window, where someone administered the drugs.


Associated Press