TN Supreme Court declines to intervene in upcoming execution of Lee Hall

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This 2017 photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, selected electrocution for his upcoming execution, a move that would make him the fourth person in the state to choose that method over lethal injection since 2018. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two days before a Tennessee prisoner’s scheduled execution, the state’s Supreme Court has denied request for more time to consider the possible bias of a juror who helped hand down the original death sentence decades ago.

The state’s top justices ruled Tuesday that 53-year-old Lee Hall failed to persuade the high court to create a “new, previously unrecognized procedure based on the facts of this case.”

Hall’s execution is scheduled for Thursday.

Hall’s attorneys contend he was deprived of his constitutional rights because the juror acknowledged she had failed to disclose during jury selection nearly 26 years ago that she had been raped and abused by her ex-husband.

Hall was convicted for the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend.

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