The Tennessee Supreme Court on Tuesday denied final appeals for a Chattanooga man who is set to be executed on Thursday for setting his girlfriend on fire.
The high court said, "The Court concludes that Mr. Hall has failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits of his claim for juror bias under any existing procedural vehicle. Likewise, Mr. Hall has failed to demonstrate that this Court should create a new, previously unrecognized procedure based on the facts of this case.
"As a result, Mr. Hall has not satisfied his burden under Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 12(4)(E), which is required for this Court to grant a stay or delay of an execution date under these circumstances.
"Accordingly, “Lee Hall’s Motion to Stay His Execution Pending Appeals of Right Regarding Biased Juror” is DENIED."
Justice Sharon G. Lee dissented, saying Hall should be given an opportunity to pursue his claim that a juror in his trial was prejudiced against him.
Hall attorneys said he has become blind from the effects of glaucoma.