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Lethal injection on trial in Tennessee: Inmates, state debate whether drugs are torture
By tennessean.com- Dave Boucher
Published: 07/09/2018

Inmates condemned to die by the state have no right to a painless death.

But Tennessee cannot torture prisoners as they are executed.

The debate over whether the state's three-drug lethal injection method will torture a man to death is key to a trial set to begin Monday.

The consequences of the trial are very real: Bill Ray Irick, a 59-year-old Knox County man convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, is scheduled to die Aug. 9.

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