Tennessee to execute man convicted of killing ex-girlfriend by setting her on fireplace


(Information) – A Tennessee man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend by setting her on fireplace in her automobile virtually 30 years in the past is scheduled to be executed by electrical chair on Thursday.

Lee Corridor, 54, is ready to die at 7 p.m. (0100 GMT) on the Riverbend Most Safety Establishment in Nashville for the 1991 homicide of Traci Crozier.

On Wednesday, Tennessee Governor Invoice Lee stated he wouldn’t intervene within the case, a day after Corridor was positioned on demise watch and moved to a cell subsequent to the execution chamber.

Corridor has filed a number of unsuccessful authorized challenges in state and federal courtroom since his conviction for first-degree premeditated homicide and aggravated arson in 1992 when he was sentenced to demise. Tennessee’s supreme courtroom this week denied his newest request to delay his execution as his declare that one of many jurors was biased as a result of she was a sufferer of home violence is taken into account.

Within the spring of 1991, Crozier moved in together with her grandmother and uncle in Chattanooga after breaking apart with Corridor, who she lived with for 5 years.

Three weeks after the breakup, throughout the evening of April 16, Corridor drank a case of beer and went in search of Crozier. On his option to her residence, he stuffed a tea jug with gasoline and purchased a cigarette lighter, based on courtroom paperwork citing his testimony.

Corridor discovered Crozier driving as much as her grandmother’s residence and an argument ensued. He then doused her with the gasoline and lit her ablaze inside her two-door Nissan Pulsar.

A neighbor noticed “a ball of fireplace” in the midst of the road and known as for emergency help as her son helped pull Crozier out of the torched automobile. The neighbor stated that Crozier remained alert, telling her that Corridor set the hearth and saying “it was gasoline, gasoline bomb. He set me on fireplace.”

When fireplace and rescue employees arrived on the scene, they discovered Crozier with 95% of her physique burned and rushed her to the hospital the place she succumbed to her injures hours later.

When Corridor was questioned by police, he stated he solely supposed to burn Crozier’s automobile, like he did as soon as earlier than, courtroom papers stated.

Corridor can be the 20th inmate in the US and the third in Tennessee to be executed in 2019, based on the Dying Penalty Info Heart.

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; enhancing by Jane Wardell