This undated photo of Tennessee Dept. of Corrections shows Charles Wright. Wright is scheduled to be conducted in October has died in prison less than a day after a fellow prisoner was executed. According to the Tennessee Corrections Department, Charles Wright was pronounced dead of natural causes at 11:57 pm, on Friday 17 May 2019 at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tennessee. (Tennessee Dept. of Corrections via AP)
NASHVILLE, Tennessee. – A Tennessee death row inmate died in the jail on Friday, less than three months before the planned operation and less than a day after a fellow prisoner was executed .
Charles Wright, 64, was pronounced dead of natural causes at 11:57 pm, at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.
Wright was convicted in the 1984 shootings of two men in a Nashville park during a drug deal. He was sentenced to death for the killing of Douglas Alexander and-to a life imprisonment for the killing of Gerald Mitchell.
Assistant Federal Public defender Kelley Henry had in vain sought compassionate release for Wright, said the prisoner was dying of cancer.
“He wanted to one day touch the grass and eat his sister’s cooking,” Henry wrote in a statement via e-mail on the Friday afternoon.
Henry said Wright had a “large and loving family,” that is, out of grief over his loss. They also said that Wright had a lot of friends on death row who took care of him after he became ill.
They, Don Johnson, who was declared dead on Thursday evening. Henry was one of the witnesses to Johnson’s performance. She said later that she thought gasping sounds Johnson during the execution it appears that the 68-year-old suffering.
Autopsies are scheduled for both men.
Courts have rejected challenges to Tennessee’s midazolam-based lethal injection protocols, but Henry said claims about the pain of the drugs are the cause unrefuted. Two Tennessee inmates last year, chose to die on the electric chair instead of by lethal injection, saying they believed it to be a faster and less painful death.
Tennessee is scheduled to execute two inmates later this year.