Tennessee inmate’s execution put on hold due to COVID-19

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 17:48:38-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has indefinitely postponed the execution of death row inmate Byron Black.

In a brief order issued on Thursday, the court says that Black’s execution is stayed “because of the multiple issues caused by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.”

Black was convicted by a Nashville court in the 1988 murder of his girlfriend, Angela Clay, and her daughters, 9-year-old Latoya and 6-year-old Lakesha. Black was originally scheduled for execution on Oct. 8, and the court previously ordered a postponement until April 8, 2021.

Three other Tennessee inmates have also had their executions put on hold.