Inmates' Attorneys No Longer Want Executioner To Testify

Posted at 7:33 PM, Jul 20, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Attorneys for 33 Tennessee death row inmates have withdrawn a request to have the state's executioner testify at a trial challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection.

In a notice filed after business hours on Friday, attorney Kelley Henry stated the executioner's testimony is no longer needed because of evidence presented by attorneys for the state and "other developments in the case."

Henry declined to elaborate on what evidence her declaration refers to, saying that would be giving away their trial strategy.

Henry also withdrew a request to visit the execution chamber.

Attorneys for the state had been fighting to block both the testimony and the visit.

Attorneys for the inmates have been trying to prove Tennessee's lethal injection protocols are likely to cause their clients extreme suffering and a lingering death. 

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