"Irick seeks to postpone execution," is the Tennessean report by Brian Haas.
Billy Ray Irick wants to put off his date with the executioner.
Irick, 56, is set to die Oct. 7 by lethal injection for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old Knoxville girl. But on Monday, Irick’s attorneys filed a motion to have the date pushed back because of an ongoing lawsuit.
Irick is among 11 death row inmates suing Tennessee over the secrecy surrounding its lethal injection procedures. That lawsuit is on hold while they await a decision from the Tennessee Court of Appeals over whether the state must turn over the identities of its execution team.
Irick’s motion on Monday to the Tennessee Supreme Court argued that the lawsuit is still six to eight months away from being fully decided and that going forward with the execution before those matters conclude would violate his rights.