Governor Lee Will Not Intervene In Execution Of Death Row Inmate Stephen West

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Governor Bill Lee said Tuesday he will not intervene in the execution of death row inmate Stephen West.

 

He said, “After thorough consideration of Stephen West’s request for clemency and a review of the case, the state of Tennessee’s sentence will stand, and I will not be intervening.”

West has been moved to death watch with his execution scheduled for Thursday.

He was found guilty of the 1986 kidnapping and stabbing deaths of 51-year-old Wanda Romines and her 15-year-old daughter, Sheila Romines, as well as the rape of the teen.

West was handed the death sentence in 1987.

While seeking clemency, he said it was a 17-year-old accomplice, Ronnie Martin, who actually killed both victims. Martin got a life prison sentence.

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