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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade.
Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security prison in Nashville and was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m., authorities said. He was convicted in 1986 in the death of Paula Dyer, a Knoxville girl he was babysitting.
The article goes on to state the following:
The blinds between a witness room and the execution chamber were opened at 7:26 p.m. and Irick could be seen through glass windows strapped to a gurney, an IV stuck in his arm and leading back through the wall to a room hidden by a mirror-window, where someone administered the drugs. Asked if he had any words before the chemicals began flowing, Irick at first appeared to sigh and say “no.” But then he said, “I just want to say I’m really sorry and that, that’s it.”
“If the law permits this execution to go forward in spite of the horrific final minutes that Irick may well experience then we have stopped being a civilized nation and accepted barbarism.” https://t.co/lxuCuXGAEa
— WATE 6 On Your Side (@6News) August 10, 2018
“I don’t know what Billy Ray Irick thought this night would be like. I don’t know what I thought it would be like. But it was here now, 32 years after Irick was sent to death row. This was his execution.” https://t.co/IEKPWPlakO
— Chuck Armstrong (@chuck_a) August 10, 2018
CHILD RAPIST EXECUTED – This is the last photo taken of 7 year old Paula Dyer with her mom in 1985 in Knoxville… Paula was raped and murdered by Billy Ray Irick… who was FINALLY PUT TO DEATH 33 years later pic.twitter.com/cgPym6osSD
— Vinnie Politan (@VinniePolitan) August 10, 2018
— ABC News (@abcnews) August 10, 2018
REVEALED: Last words of paedo child killer who ‘coughed, choked and turned purple’ after lethal injection https://t.co/sR3j1zC9YE
— The Sun (@TheSun) August 10, 2018
Tenneessee conducted its first execution since 2009 yesterday.https://t.co/IXEgtxYBIC
— Charles Fain Lehman (@CharlesFLehman) August 10, 2018
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