Tenn. makes push to execute 10 killers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials in Tennessee asked the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for 10 death row inmates.

An 11th inmate, whose execution date was requested separately, has an execution date set for April 27.

The Tennessean reported the state hasn't previously sought to execute so many on death row.

Only six inmates have been executed in the state since 1960, and there have been no executions since 2009.

The request from the Tennessee Attorney General's Office comes after the state announced in September that it was switching from the three-drug method for lethal injections to using only one drug.

Sharon Curtis-Flair, spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office, said all 10 inmates have exhausted their normal appeals.

Billy Irick is one of the death row inmates. He killed a 7 year-old girl in Knoxville nearly two decades ago.


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