UPDATE: Memphis man executed for wife's murder in 1984

Sixty-eight-year-old inmate Don Johnson was executed by lethal injection Thursday evening for the 1984 suffocation of his wife, Connie.
Thursday, May 16th 2019, 9:19 PM EDT by Associated Press & WRCB Staff

UPDATE: The Tennessee Department of Corrections says 68-year-old Donnie Johnson has been put to death by lethal injection, Thursday night.

Johnson, who is from Memphis, was convicted of murdering his wife in 1984.

TDOC officials say his execution was carried out at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. 

Johnson was pronounced dead at 7:37p.m.

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PREVIOUS STORY: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis is set for execution in Tennessee.

Sixty-eight-year-old inmate Don Johnson is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday evening for the 1984 suffocation of his wife, Connie.

Johnson would be the fourth person executed in Tennessee since August, barring a last-minute stay. The last two inmates executed in Tennessee chose the electric chair, saying they believed it offered a quicker and less painful death than the state's default method, a three-drug lethal injection.

Gov. Bill Lee declined clemency requests for Johnson from religious leaders including the president of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, of which Johnson is a member.

Alabama is also scheduled to carry out a lethal injection Thursday evening.

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