Thursday, July 22, 2010
Stop the execution of Stephen Michael West on Nov.9th in Tennessee!
NASHVILLE (AP) - The state has set a Nov. 9 execution date for Stephen Michael West.
He was convicted in 1987 of kidnapping and fatally stabbing Wanda Romines and her 15-year-old daughter, Sheila Romines, in Union County. West was also convicted of raping the teenager.
The U.S. Supreme Court in March refused to review the case.
West's attorneys had argued that the state high court should modify West's sentence or issue a certificate of commutation. They say the jury never heard a confession by another man that he was the person who killed the two women.
They also say West's trial attorneys didn't investigate the severe childhood abuse he suffered that should have been presented at sentencing.
And they argue that West should not be executed because he is severely mentally ill.
The state Supreme Court rejected those arguments.