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VOL. 125 | NO. 46 | Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tenn. Moves Execution Time Up to 10 p.m

LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Associated Press Writer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Correction says its executions will now be carried out three hours earlier.

Corrections Commissioner Gayle Ray said Monday that after June 1 state executions will take place at 10 p.m. instead of 1 a.m.

She says the decision was made in consideration of crime victim's families, prison staff and the general public.

Ray says a survey of 16 states with the death penalty show that most of them have set their executions earlier than midnight.

The last execution in Tennessee was in December when 53-year-old Cecil Johnson was put to death for killing three people while robbing a Nashville convenience store. He was officially declared dead at 1:34 a.m.

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