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.