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Fri Dec 6, 2019, 03:29 AM

Tennessee executes blind man for killing ex-girlfriend in 1991

Source: CBS/AP

Tennessee executes blind man for killing ex-girlfriend in 1991

DECEMBER 5, 2019 / 9:19 PM / CBS/AP

A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee's electric chair. Lee Hall, 53, became only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation's death penalty in 1976.

Hall was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at a Nashville maximum-security prison, prison officials said. He chose the electric chair over Tennessee's preferred execution method of lethal injection an option available to inmates in the state who were convicted of crimes before January 1999. He also became the first blind inmate in U.S. modern history to die by electrocution.

A witness to the execution said that Hall's final words were that "people need to learn forgiveness and love and make the world a better place."

Hall chose a Philly cheesesteak, two orders of onion rings, a slice of cheesecake and a Pepsi for his last meal, CBS affiliate WTVF-TV reported.

Hall had his vision when he entered death row decades ago, but his attorneys say he later became functionally blind from improperly treated glaucoma. Only one other known blind inmate has been executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court allowed executions to resume in 1976: Clarence Ray Allen, 76, received a lethal injection in California in 2006.


Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tennessee-execution-today-lee-hall-blind-man-executed-2019-12-05/

This 2017 photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr., a death row inmate. (TENNESSEE DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS VIA AP)

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