Tennessee execution pause through 2022 could last longer

Bill Lee
Posted at 11:48 AM, Jun 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-13 12:48:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has ordered an independent investigation of the state's lethal injections and paused all executions through the end of the year.

He did so after putting an April execution on hold because he learned the drugs hadn't been tested as required.

Now, court records make it clear that Tennessee’s problems are more extensive and complicated than state officials initially acknowledged.

Issues ranged from compounding of the drugs to testing, storing and administering them.

Robert Dunham of the Death Penalty Information Center says the extensive issues and an agreement in court likely mean executions will be on hold past 2022, possibly even for several years.