Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate in nearly a decade, Thursday night. Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.
Since 2000, six individuals have been executed in the State of Tennessee.
Robert Glen Coe: Died by lethal injection on April 19, 2000. He was convicted in 1979 for the rape and murder of 8-year-old Cary Ann Medlin in Weakley County. He was the first person to be executed since 1976 when the death penalty was reinstated. Tennessee's last execution was in 1960.
Sedley Alley: Died by lethal injection on June 28, 2006. He was convicted in the torture, rape and murder of 19-year-old U. S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Suzanne Marie Collins in 1985.
Philip Ray Workman: Died by lethal injection on May 9, 2007. He was convicted in 1982 for the murder of Memphis Police Officer Ronald Oliver following a robbery of a Wendy’s restaurant in Memphis.
Daryl Keith Holton: Died by electrocution on September 12, 2007. He was convicted of killing 12-year-old Stephen Holton, 10-year-old Brent Holton, 6-year-old Eric Holton, and 4-year-old Kayla Holton. He was 36 when he shot his three young sons and their half-sister in Shelbyville in 1997.
Steve Henley: Died by lethal injection on February 4, 2009. He was convicted of killing Fred and Edna Stafford in 1985. The victims were found inside the ashes of their home in July 1985. Investigators first thought it was a fatal fire, but an autopsy showed bullet wounds in the remains.
Cecil C. Johnson: Died by lethal injection on December 2, 2009 for the murders of Bobby Bell Jr., James Moore and Charles House. In 1980, Johnson shot three people – including a 12-year-old boy – during a convenience store robbery on 12th Avenue South in Nashville.