Tennessee execution: Nicholas Sutton moved to death watch

Posted at 10:21 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 11:21:07-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Inmate Nicholas Sutton has been moved to death watch ahead of Thursday’s scheduled execution.

The Tennessee Department of Correction said Sutton was moved early Tuesday morning in accordance with death watch protocol – a three-day period in which strict guidelines are implemented to maintain security and control.

Sutton was placed in a cell adjacent to the execution chamber and will be under 24-hour observation by a team of correctional officers.

He was convicted of killing four people in the 1980s, including his own grandmother.

However, Sutton's attorneys say he's turned his life around. They claim Sutton has saved the lives of prison guards while on death row,including one who was taken hostage during a riot at the old Tennessee State Prison in 1985.

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