TENNESSEE (PM) — A man condemned of raping a 15-year-old girl and stabbing her and her mother to death in their home with an adolescent accomplice more than 30 years ago was electrocuted by electric chair in Tennessee on Thursday, officials announced.
Stephen Michael West, 56, was pronounced dead at 7:27 p.m. local time (2327 GMT) at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, the state Department of Correction announced in a statement.
West became the second inmate in Tennessee and the 11th in the United States to be executed in 2019, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The last inmate to be executed by electric chair was David Miller, 61, in Tennessee in December.
West petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution, but the high court nullified the request.
Independently, an appeals court stayed the execution of brain-damaged and intellectually impaired Texas inmate Dexter Darnell Johnson who was eighteen at the time of his crime. His execution had also been scheduled for Thursday, with Darnell who was found guilty of murdering two people and other charges.
In 1987, a jury convicted West of several crimes, including two counts of first-degree murder, and sentenced him to die for the killings of 15-year-old Sheila Romines, a classmate of his accomplice Ronnie Martin, and her mother Wanda Romines.
His adolescent accomplice received a life sentence after he pleaded guilty. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that inmates who were younger than 18 when they committed a capital crime are ineligible for the death penalty. He faces parole in 2030.