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US state of Tennessee executes death row inmate in first capital punishment since 2009

August 10, 15:16 updated at: August 10, 15:16 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The United States launched a campaign against the capital punishment in the 1960s

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MOSCOW, August 10. /TASS/. Authorities of the US state of Tennessee executed on late Thursday night a death row inmate, who was convicted over 20 years ago, and the capital punishment was the first in the state since 2009, according to local media reports.

Billy Ray Irick, 59, was convicted in 1986 in Knox County, Tennessee, for rape and murder of a local 7-year-old girl, Paula Dyer. Irick was detained by police in April 1985 as he tried to hitchhike out of town the day after he murdered the girl.

"Death row inmate Billy Ray Irick died at 7:48 p.m. CDT Thursday [0:48 a.m. GMT] after Tennessee prison officials administered a lethal dose of toxic chemicals," local daily news website Tennessean.com reported.

The United States launched a campaign against the capital punishment in the 1960s and as a result of the campaign a moratorium was imposed on death penalties. It was in force between 1972 and 1976.

According to data provided by Deathpenaltyinfo.org website, a total of 1,463 death row inmates were executed across the United States after the moratorium on the capital punishment was lifted in the country in 1976.

Out of 1,463 people, 1,288 were put to death by lethal injections, 158 were electrocuted, 11 were sent to gas chambers, three were hanged and three were shot to death. Twenty one convicts out of the total number were executed in 2017.

According to official statistics as of April 2017, a total of 2,843 inmates are on the death row list across the country in line for the capital punishment to be administered.

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