Tennessee executes man convicted of 1991 homicide of ex-girlfriend

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(Information) – A Tennessee man discovered responsible of murdering his ex-girlfriend by setting her on fireplace in her automotive nearly 30 years in the past was put to demise within the electrical chair in Nashville on Thursday, jail officers mentioned.

Lee Corridor, 54, was pronounced lifeless at 7:26 p.m. CST on the Riverbend Most Safety Establishment, Tylee Tracer of the Tennessee Division of Correction mentioned in a written assertion.

Corridor was sentenced to demise in 1992 for the homicide of 22-year-old Traci Crozier.

On Wednesday, Tennessee Governor Invoice Lee mentioned 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 had filed a number of unsuccessful authorized challenges in state and federal courts since his conviction for first-degree premeditated homicide and aggravated arson in 1992.

Tennessee’s Supreme Court docket 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 was thought of.

On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court docket turned down his bid for an 11th-hour keep.

Corridor selected execution by electrical chair over deadly injection, marking the fourth condemned U.S. inmate to die that approach since 2018. Tennessee reinstated use of the electrical chair in 2014, for use if chosen by the inmate or if deadly injection medication weren’t obtainable.

In keeping with courtroom paperwork, Corridor doused Crozier with gasoline and set her on fireplace inside her Nissan Pulsar on the night time of April 16, 1991, following an argument outdoors her grandmother’s dwelling.

A neighbor noticed “a ball of fireside” in the midst of the road and known as for emergency help as her son helped pull Crozier out of the torched automotive. The neighbor mentioned 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 a hospital the place she died hours later.

When Corridor was questioned by police, he mentioned he solely meant to burn Crozier’s automotive, like he did as soon as earlier than, courtroom papers mentioned.

Corridor was the 20th inmate in the USA and the third in Tennessee to be executed in 2019, in keeping with the Demise Penalty Data Heart.

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago and Dan Whitcomb in Culver Metropolis, California; Modifying by Jane Wardell and Peter Cooney