TN: Lee halts killings of prisoners by state employees for review of murder kit ingredients

Source: CNN

“Tennessee’s governor has announced a pause of executions in the state amid plans for an independent review into the lethal injection process. The announcement Monday by Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, follows a last-minute reprieve he issued to Oscar Smith, 72, who was scheduled to be executed April 21 for the 1989 murders of his wife and her two children. ‘Questions surrounding lethal injection testing preparation … resulted in a temporary reprieve by the governor,’ Lee’s office said Monday in a news release. When Lee issued the order, he tweeted only that it was prompted by an ‘oversight in preparation for lethal injection.'” (05/02/22)