Five inmates removed from Tennessee death row

Published: Jun. 25, 2008 at 6:21 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court announced Wednesday five inmates have been removed from the state's death row.

The oldest living death row inmate Richard Austin died in prison earlier this month at the age of 68 after 30 years on death row.

Paul House will get a second trial in the slaying of a Union County woman. A federal judge ordered prosecutors to retry house or free him after the U.S. Supreme Court questioned his conviction.

The state's Court of Criminal Appeals reversed Richard Taylor's conviction in March in the stabbing death of a Hickman County corrections officer. He was resentenced to life in prison.

Ronald Harries and Wayne Lee Bates both had their death sentences overturned in recent years. Harries was convicted of murdering a store clerk in a Kingsport robbery. Bates was found guilty of shooting a woman to death in Manchester.

State officials could not immediately say whether they had been resentenced.

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