Below is a list of capital cases that have, at one point, neared their execution date. This is not a complete list of defendants on death row. For that list, please visit the Department of Correction's Death Row page. We have compiled the recent filings in each of these cases, however, the files here are not to be construed as the complete record of the proceedings in these cases.
Executions that have been carried out
Died of Natural Causes
Executions in Tennessee
The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) provides information about the history of executions in Tennessee, a list of all Tennessee executions and a list of all prisoners on death row. Please visit TDOC's Execution Facts page for more information about how the death penalty is carried out in Tennessee.
For more information, please contact Dorinda Carter, TDOC public information officer, at 615-253-8144.
History & Overview
The Administrative Office of the Courts has developed a document outlining the history of capital punishment in Tennessee and providing an overview of the legal process. This document also includes a helpful graphic that illustrates the three-tiered appeals process in death penalty cases.
Tennessee's Death Penalty: Costs & Consequences
The Tennessee Comptroller's office conducted a study in 2004 to examine the costs of first degree murder cases. Their report compares the cost of cases that received the sentences of life in prison, life in prison without the possibility of parole and the death penalty.