NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee says he will not intervene in this week’s scheduled lethal injection of a Tennessee inmate.
Lee made the announcement Tuesday, saying that he came to the decision after “prayerful and deliberate consideration.” Death row inmate Don Johnson is scheduled to die on Thursday.
Johnson is set to be the fourth person put to death in Tennessee in a year, after a hiatus stretching back to 2009.
The 68-year-old Johnson was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, Connie Johnson, in 1984.
Lee’s announcement comes as religious leaders have pushed for clemency for Johnson, arguing that Johnson has undergone a religious conversion.
This is Lee’s first scheduled execution since winning the gubernatorial nomination during the November election.