|US appeals court rules against TN inmate facing execution|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against a Tennessee death row inmate’s challenge as he nears his execution date next week.
On Tuesday, a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss Stephen West’s challenge of Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol.
West was found guilty of the 1986 kidnapping and stabbing deaths of 51-year-old Wanda Romines and her 15-year-old daughter, Sheila Romines, and of raping the teen. He was 23 at the time.
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