Death row inmate dies 1 day after fellow inmate’s execution


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee inmate scheduled to be executed in October has died in prison less than a day after a fellow inmate was executed.

The Tennessee Department of Correction says 64-year-old Charles Wright was pronounced dead of natural causes at 11:57 a.m. on Friday at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Wright’s attorneys had previously sought his release, saying he was dying of cancer.

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Wright was convicted in the 1984 shooting death of two men in a Nashville park during a drug deal.

Fellow inmate Don Johnson was pronounced dead after a lethal injection at 7:37 p.m. on Thursday. Johnson’s attorney said after his death that she believed gasping noises he was making during the execution indicated that the 68-year-old was suffering.

Autopsies are planned for both men.

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