Tennessee death row inmate dies of natural causes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Death row inmate Michael Wayne Howell was pronounced dead of natural causes on Wednesday at 10:08 a.m. at the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville.

Howell, 54, was convicted of First Degree Murder and Grand Larceny in Shelby County. He was sentenced to death on October 26, 1989 for the 1987 murder of Alvin Kennedy, a Memphis convenience store clerk.

Howell was also convicted of First Degree Murder and sentenced to death in Oklahoma for the November 2, 1987 shooting death of Sgt. Charlene Calhoun.


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