UPDATE: TN death row inmate Lee Hall served last meal before execution
UPDATE: Death row inmate Lee Hall has received his last meal before his scheduled execution on Thursday night.
The Tennessee Department of Correction says Hall was given a Philly cheesesteak, two orders of onion rings, a slice of cheesecake and a Pepsi.
The meal was served at 3:58 p.m. CST.
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Hall, a local man convicted of a 1991 murder, is scheduled to be put to death in the electric chair at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Channel 3 reporter Claudia Coco has been selected to be a media witness to Hall's execution and will bring you the latest details as they become available.
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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Death row inmate Lee Hall has chosen his last meal before his scheduled execution on Thursday.
The Tennessee Department of Correction says Hall chose a Philly cheesesteak, two orders of onion rings, a slice of cheesecake and a Pepsi.
The meal will be given to Hall on Thursday.
Hall is scheduled to be executed by electrocution.
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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said in a statement that he will not intervene in his case.
"The justice system has extensively reviewed Lee Hall’s case over the course of almost 30 years, including additional review and rulings by the Tennessee Supreme Court yesterday and today. The judgment and sentence stand based on these rulings, and I will not intervene in this case.”
PREVIOUS STORY: The United States District Court Eastern District for Tennessee has ordered a transfer of Lee Hall's motion for a stay of execution.
They cited a lack of jurisdiction because of new evidence and therefore needs to go to a higher court. Now the motion will move to the 6th Circuit United States Court of Appeals, which is based in Cincinnati.
On page two it states that the defense relies on newly discovered evidence that was previously unavailable, which is the evidence provided from Juror A that came to light in September of this year.
Then it goes on to state that they need to prove that they couldn't have gotten this evidence through previous due diligence.
Then just below that it states that they have to show that but for the constitutional error, Juror A's failure to disclose, that no reasonable jury could have convicted him.
Now Hall and his team will have to wait to hear the decision of the appellate court.
PREVIOUS STORY: Death Row inmate, Lee Hall is now on Death Watch. He's just two days away from his execution date on the 5. He was sentenced to death for murdering his estranged ex-girlfriend Traci Crozier in 1991.
Hall's legal team said in a statement on Tuesday:
Today the Tennessee Supreme Court held that the state can execute Lee Hall on Thursday, denying him the right to present evidence of unconstitutional jury bias to an appellate court that recently overturned a conviction on the same grounds.
This ruling is a rush to the electric chair. As a result of the Court’s haste, Tennessee may soon become the second state in modern history to execute a blind man.
In her dissent, Justice Lee found that the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals was likely to overturn Mr. Hall’s conviction based on the evidence of a serious constitutional violation in his trial. But the Supreme Court’s ruling today means that the Court of Criminal Appeals will never have the opportunity to consider this evidence.
Just eight days ago, Justice Lee noted, the Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a conviction in a strikingly similar case involving undisclosed jury bias—just as it did on at least two prior occasions.
“Finality is well and good, but should not trump fairness and justice,” Justice Lee wrote. “The State should not electrocute Mr. Hall before giving him the opportunity for meaningful appellate review of the important constitutional issues asserted in his filings.”
Now that the state courts have slammed the courthouse doors, we hope the federal courts will address what Justice Lee described as Mr. Hall’s “compelling constitutional claims.”
Time is running out for Lee Hall's attorneys as they are filing motions for a stay of execution at both the state and federal level.
Channel 3 spoke with local attorney Steven Moore, who is not connected to this case, about this process and what attorneys are likely doing.
Attorneys are claiming that Hall didn't have a fair trial due to a biased juror that had a personal experience similar to Hall and Crozier. This evidence only came out in September of this year.
Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole denied Hall's request for post-conviction relief on November 15.
Moore says at this stage Hall's attorneys will be doing whatever they can.
"It gets very technical because you're going through two different systems being the state and the federal and they have different ways of looking at how things are done," said Moore.
And unlike before trial Hall is no longer presumed innocent and his side has the burden of proof.
"It's set up so that a defendant has a high burden to to try to convince a court that, that juror being not forthright as they should have been is worthy of setting aside that jury verdict," said Moore.
Moore says Hall's attorneys are trying to convince the appellate courts that a stay is necessary to further develop the issue at hand.
"When it comes to judges, if there's something filed last minute, they're not going to wait until the last second," said Moore. "If they get it, they look at it. If there's merit, if there's any merit to it possible they stay it right then."
And they will most likely exhaust every possible option.
"There's a last motion filed at the state supreme court, then they'll file a motion to stay in the US district court which typically denies, they emergency appeal that to the 6th circuit court of appeals that's denied and then they file a writ with the US Supreme Court but they act on those fairly quickly," said Moore.
But at the last minute, appellate courts are not the only bodies who can step in.
"Typically if there's something that late, it would be a Governor or in some states maybe a parole board has the authority," said Moore.
On Tuesday night, the Tennessee Supreme Court denied Hall's request for a stay of execution.
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PREVIOUS STORY: Tuesday Lee Hall will be placed on Death Watch, which means he will be taken into another section of Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.
Hall, the man convicted of killing Traci Crozier in 1991, is set to be executed by electrocution on Thursday.
The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) gave us this statement on Monday:
"We can't speak about specific procedures but I can tell you that the Department of Correction is prepared to carry out the orders of the court. Three days prior to a schedule execution, the inmate is placed on death watch in an area adjacent to the execution chamber. The inmate is then under 24-hour supervision by a team of correctional officers."
According to the TDOC website, Hall will be under a 24-hour observation in an 8x10 cell adjacent to the execution chamber. The cell has a small window with a limited view of the prison grounds.
In the last few days Hall's routine will be different than a normal inmate with a different visitation schedule.
"The items an offender can have in the cell are limited, visitation schedule and regulations differ from the rest of the prison"
He will be able to request legal materials and also make his last meal request. He will have mail privileges, but he won't be able to receive packages. There will also be a telephone outside the cell that he can use to make legal calls or personal calls approved by the warden.
Inside the cell he can have one newspaper at a time, personal hygiene products, stationary, and religious material provided by the prison chaplain.
He can only have visitors who are on his official visitation list, and all visits are to be non-contact, until the final day before the execution and then the warden will decide if Hall can have a contact visit.
Only the prison's chaplain can accompany Hall into the execution chamber if he requests it.
A TDOC spokesperson says Hall's family has made arrangements for his body.
Hall's attorneys have filed a motion for a stay of execution at both the state and federal levels so that they can properly appeal his conviction based on juror bias.