Tennessee death row inmate Oscar Smith granted indefinite stay of execution due to COVID-19

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 12:27:05-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has stayed the execution of Oscar Smith indefinitely due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Smith was originally scheduled to be executed last summer but the court rescheduled the date for February 4 due to the pandemic. The court's most recent order stays his execution but does not set a new date.

He was convicted and sentenced to die for the 1989 murders of his estranged wife and her two sons by a previous marriage.