Tennessee death row inmate Stephen West was moved to death watch yesterday. Governor Bill Lee released a statement saying he will not intervene in the scheduled execution of West.
“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,” Governor Lee said.
During deathwatch West was placed in a cell adjacent to the execution chamber where he will be under 24-hour observation by a team of correctional officers.
West is scheduled for execution tomorrow night (August 15, 2019).
West was found guilty of the 1986 kidnapping and stabbing deaths of 51-year-old Wanda Romines and her 15-year-old daughter, Sheila Romines, and of raping the teen.
West has since said his accomplice was the one who fatally stabbed the mother and daughter.